Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Research: Focus

Breast Pathology Statistics

The average woman has a 12.5 percent lifetime risk of developing invasive breast cancer. (US Statistics)

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that over 200,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.
  • Over 40,000 women will die from breast cancer annually.
  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for US women (after lung cancer).
  • 2.3 million American women have been diagnosed and are living with breast cancer, and an estimated 1 million have it but haven’t been diagnosed yet.
  • 5-year survival is 100% for localized breast cancer (Stage 0 or 1) but drops to only 20% once it has spread to other organs (Stage 4).
  • 70% of women who develop breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors.

Breast cancer is the condition cited most often in failure to diagnose claims (Professional Liability and Risk Management – ACOG).