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Breast Cancer Stats & Facts for Ohio

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Who Gets Breast Cancer?

  • In Ohio in 2018, 9,832 invasive and 1,987 in situ (earliest stage) breast cancer cases were diagnosed among females.
  • Breast cancer accounted for 29% of all cancers in women in Ohio in 2018.
  • Men can also get breast cancer; 76 men in Ohio were diagnosed in 2018.
  • 1 in 8 women in the United States who live to be age 85 will develop breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Deaths

  • In Ohio in 2019, 1,744 deaths occurred among women from breast cancer. Overall, breast cancer death rates among women decreased 11% from 2010-2019.
  • Black women have higher breast cancer death rates than white women.

Early Detection Is Important

  • In Ohio in 2018, 72% of female breast cancers were diagnosed at an early stage (in situ and local stages combined).
  • Nearly 100% of women in Ohio diagnosed with early stage breast cancer that has not spread SURVIVE 5 YEARS.
  • 30% of women in Ohio diagnosed with breast cancer that has spread to distant organs SURVIVE 5 YEARS.

Get Screened for Breast Cancer

Regular mammograms can help find breast cancer early.

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends mammogram screening every two years for women ages 50-74 who are at average risk.
  • The decision to start screening mammography prior to age 50 should be an individual one. However, women with a parent, sibling, or child with breast cancer are at higher risk for breast cancer and may benefit more than average-risk women from beginning screening in their 40s.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project offers no-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing to qualified participants. Call 1-844-430-BCCP for more information.

For more information, see the ODH Cancer Data and Statistics webpage.

Sources: Ohio Cancer Incidence Surveillance System and Bureau of Vital Statistics,

Ohio Department of Health, 2021; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.