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.