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The American Cancer Society is the leader in helping to finish the fight against breast cancer.

  • We’re investing more in groundbreaking breast cancer research to better understand, prevent, find, and treat the disease.
  • We’re in every community providing free, comprehensive information and support to people touched by breast cancer, when and where they need it.
  • We’re helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it is most treatable.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

For more information about breast cancer, how to find it early, and how to help finish the fight against the disease, visit our breast cancer information and resources or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.

When breast cancer is found early, it can be easier to treat. If you are 40 or older, talk to your doctor about the screening plan that’s best for you and report any breast changes right away. Sign up for our breast cancer screening reminder and we’ll remind you to receive your screening; recommended screenings are based on our latest early detection guidelines.

Learn more ways you can help fight breast cancer.

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