Sadly, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. The death rate has been dropping since the 80’s due to screening, early detection and improved treatment. Currently, it is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 31 will die from it.
Canadian Breast Cancer Statistics
- 26,300 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. This represents 25% of all new cancer cases in women in 2017.
- 5,000 women died from breast cancer last year. This represents 13% of all cancer deaths in women in 2017.
- On average, 72 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
- On average, 14 Canadian women died from breast cancer every day.
- 230 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 and 60 died from the disease.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Some of the symptoms of breast cancer are well known, while others are not. Routine self-examination could save your life.
If you notice any of the following signs of breast cancer, contact your doctor immediately:
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
- Lump under your arm
- Swelling of all or part of your breast
- Breast or nipple pain
- Irritated skin
- Skin dimpling
To learn more about breast cancer, please visit the Canadian Cancer Society website or call them toll-free at 1-888-939-3333.
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