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Deaths from Breast Cancer (Metastatic Breast Cancer)

• All deaths from breast cancer result from the spread of breast cancer cells to other vital organs such as bones, lung, liver or brain-a process called metastasis. No one dies from breast cancer that is confined to the breast.
• 39, 510 US women and 410 men in 2012 for a total of 39,920 [ACS Cancer Facts 2012]
• Although breast cancer is often described as a "disease of aging", 16% of the deaths occur in women under age 50. {ACS Cancer Facts 2012]  It is the number one cause of cancer death in this age group.
• About half a million deaths worldwide annually [WHO]
• Approximately 40,000 per year for the last 20 years [ACS]
• 1 death every 13 minutes in the US [komen website]


Mortality rates for Breast Cancer (Metastatic Breast Cancer)

Mortality rate for women is defined as the number of female deaths divided by the population at risk

Mortality rate trends:

• Down by 2.2% annually between 1990-2007, "attributable to both improvements in BC treatment and early detection." [ACS Breast Cancer Facts & Figures, 2011-2012]




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