The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.

• Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women worldwide

• 1 in 8 women receive a breast cancer diagnosis

• On average, every two minutes a female is diagnosed with breast cancer

• One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes

• Alcohol use increases the risk of breast cancer

• Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the U.S. today

• An estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer

• One in 1,000 men will receive a breast cancer diagnosis

• Breast cancer occurrence and death rates generally increase with age

• Only 5 to 10 percent of individuals diagnosed have a family history of breast cancer

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