1 in 8

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where breast tissue cells divide and grow without normal control. Men and women from all socioeconomic statuses, nationalities, racial/ethnic populations, and age groups are at risk for developing breast cancer. The most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a women and getting older. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there are no cures. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. To learn more about breast cancer, click here.

Global Impact

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among women worldwide. In 2012, more than 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were recorded. Susan G. Komen is continuously investing in communities around the world through community health programs and research opportunities to spread awareness and find the cures. To learn more about Susan G. Komen’s efforts in addressing breast cancer’s global impact, click here.

National Impact

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed among women in the U.S. Every 2 minutes, one women is diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2016, more than 240,000 women and 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. To learn more about breast cancer’s impact in the U.S., click here.

Local Impact

Komen Charlotte’s 2015 Community Profile is a needs assessment that is revised every four years to reflect changes in our 13-county service area. Through this needs assessment, the Affiliate was able to identify gaps in the health system and set priorities to address them. The completed product is an assessment of breast health in our community and a plan of action to improve it.

2015 Community Profile Executive Summary: Komen Charlotte Executive Summary

2015 Community Profile ReportKomen Charlotte 2015 Community Profile Report


For more information about breast health/breast cancer or local resources, please contact us at 704-347-8181 or at outreach@komencharlotte.org

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