Breast Cancer by the Numbers

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while the statistics have found lower rates of breast cancer in Latinas than many other groups, we're also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage (when tumors tend to be more aggressive). Here are the numbers you need to know, now, when it comes to breast cancer and protecting yourself. 


1 in 11: Latinas will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. 


40: Every woman should begin getting annual mammograms at age 40, but because Latinas often go undiagnosed, have your doctor check your breasts in your 20s and 30s as part of regular checkups. 


30: Women who exercised 10 to 19 hours a week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 30 percent. 


30: Around 30 percent of cancers in women are breast cancers.


2.6: There are 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.


15: About 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.


5 to 10: About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations inherited from one's mother or father.


85: About 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer, so it's important to keep on top of your mammograms and checkups.


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