Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look below for more information on mammograms, breast cancer statistics and a message about screening. For more information, please visit the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


In 2017, it's estimated that among U.S. women there will be*:

  •  252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer (124.9 per 100,000)
  •  40,610 breast cancer deaths (20.5 per 100,000)
  • Kentucky has a rate of 122 cases of Invasive Breast Cancer per 100,000 women (SEER)
  • White and black women have the highest rates of breast cancer incidence among all races and ethnicities. Incidence (new case) is highest among white women. Black women have the highest mortality (death) rate - estimated to be 42% higher than white women diagnosed. (SEER)
  • From 2010-2014 (most recent data available), mortality from breast cancer declined for both white women and black women (by about 2% per year). (SEER)

Men are also impacted by breast cancer. In 2017, it is estimated that among U.S. men there will be:

  • 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer (1.2 per 100,000)
  • 460 breast cancer deaths (0.3 per 100,000)

*American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2017.