Cancer Statistics

The World Health Organization estimates that there were at least 9.6 million deaths from cancers worldwide in 2018 or that represents 1 in 6 deaths due to cancer. Unfortunately for the majority of patients, the fight against cancer is a difficult challenge and often a losing battle. According to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, breast cancer is the second most common cancer with 2.09 million cases and breast cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death with 627,000 people succumbing to this disease. For more global cancer statistics, risk factors and causes of cancer, please visit the World Health Organization’s website.

A comprehensive report on the latest cancer statistics in the US can be downloaded through the American Cancer Foundation’s website.

Useful resources


The Personalized Medicine Revolution - written by local scientist Dr. Pieter Cullis

Social Media and Apps

A review of the best Breast Cancer Apps for information and connecting with a community for support here

Useful information for patients and caregivers on how to connect with online communities for support following a cancer diagnosis here


Breast Cancers Are Rising in Younger And In Older Women: Reasons For Concern - By Elaine Schattner ( Featured in Forbes) 

"The study authors emphasized that breast cancers in women between 70 and 84 years will go up disproportionately, from just 24 percent to over a third (35 percent) of all breast cancers."

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Fears elderly women are putting themselves at risk of breast cancer after half cannot name another symptom apart from a lump - Daily Mail

"I want to say to all women over 70, don't assume you're past it. If you notice any changes to your breasts, tell your doctor."

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Being active might reduce breast cancer risk - Toronto Star

"Those women who hit the gym before work and then sat for hours at a time didn’t enjoy any more protection than those who skipped the gym and sat most of their day. Only the women who moved around frequently during the day — those who likely got up from their desks a lot to walk around at work or didn’t binge-watch television — saw elevated levels of this crucial gene."

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Celebrities Stand Up to Cancer

Angelina Jolie 

"For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices."

Read the article here

Christina Applegate

"I’m a human being. I went through a really difficult time. That’s something that happened to us. But just trying to take it all in stride and telling yourself that you are whole, you are complete, and you are healthy."

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Giuliana Rancic

"The key is, you’ve got to find it early, and the only way you’re going to find it early is to be proactive about your health and to stay on top of your doctor’s appointments. If you’re going for a mammogram every two or three years, it might be too late when you find your breast cancer."

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 Susan G. Komen Foundation

"At Susan G. Komen, our mission is pretty simple: to save lives and end breast cancer forever. How we do it…well, that’s a bit more complex. We educate, support research, offer grants that provide financial and emotional assistance and advocate for better breast cancer policy. But in a broader sense, we empower others, ensure quality care for all, and invest in science to find the cures."

For more information about what the Susan Komen foundation does, click here

For reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer and breast health click here



National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

To understand more about the different types of breast cancer, click here

For general information about triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) in English and Spanish, on the CDC’s page, click here



The American Association for Cancer Research explains why cancer research needs funding


An excellent explanation of TNBC by Dr. Kristi Funk, being interviewed here by TNBC survivor Robin Roberts.

Dr. Funk is a breast cancer surgeon who is best known for her work with celebrities such as Angelina Jolie.