Basic Summary for Breast Cancer


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Main name of condition: Breast Cancer
Other names or spellings: breast tumor, cancer of the breast


What is Breast Cancer?
  Brief description of Breast Cancer: Cancer of the breast.
  Parent types of Breast Cancer: Cancer, Breast conditions
  Organs Affected by Breast Cancer: breast
  Types of Breast Cancer: Breast carcinoma, Breast sarcoma, Paget's Disease, Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), Ductal carcinoma, Lobular carcinoma, Estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, Stages of breast cancer:, Stage 0 breast cancer, Stage I breast cancer, Stage II breast cancer, Stage III breast cancer, Stage IV breast cancer, Inflammatory breast cancer, Recurrent breast cancer
How many people get Breast Cancer?
  Incidence (annual) of Breast Cancer: 205,000 annual cases (SEER 2002 estimate); 180,000 annual cases (NCI); only about 1,000 men
  Incidence Rate of Breast Cancer: approx 1 in 1,326 or 0.08% or 205,000 people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Breast Cancer: estimated 1 million
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Breast Cancer: approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA [about data]
  Lifetime risk of Breast Cancer: 1 in 8 women lifetime risk in USA (NWHIC); 1 in 11 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime in Australia 2000 (AIHW and AACR, AIHW National Mortality Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  Incidence of Breast Cancer: More than 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.1
Who gets Breast Cancer?
  Patient Profile for Breast Cancer: Typically older women; 76% of cases are over 50 (CDC).
  Profile for Breast Cancer: Most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and the risk is especially high for women over age 60.1
  Gender Profile for Breast Cancer: 99% women; mostly women. Also some men.
  Race Profile for Breast Cancer: Also, breast cancer occurs more often in white women than African American or Asian women. 1
How serious is Breast Cancer?
  Prognosis of Breast Cancer: Depends on severity. Early detection has good chances.
  Survival rate for Breast Cancer: 78% survival rate in the UK 2001 (National Statistics – UK Government Census, 2001)
  Average life years lost for Breast Cancer: 18.6 years (SEER)2
  Deaths for Breast Cancer: 41,100 deaths in 1999 (CDC); 41,528 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)
  Complications of Breast Cancer: see complications of Breast Cancer
What causes Breast Cancer?
  Class of Condition for Breast Cancer: cancer
  Causes of Breast Cancer: see causes of Breast Cancer
  Risk factors for Breast Cancer: see risk factors for Breast Cancer
What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer?
  Symptoms of Breast Cancer: see symptoms of Breast Cancer
Can anyone else get Breast Cancer?
  Contagion of cancer: generally not; see details in contagion of cancer.
  More information: see contagiousness of Breast Cancer
How is it treated?
  Specialists for Breast Cancer: Surgeons, Medical oncologists, Plastic surgeons, Radiation oncologists
  Treatments for Breast Cancer: see treatments for Breast Cancer
  Prevention of Breast Cancer: see prevention of Breast Cancer
  Research for Breast Cancer: see research for Breast Cancer
Society issues for Breast Cancer

Cost statistics for Breast Cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Breast Cancer:

  • $96.1 million spent on breast cancer in Australia 2000-01(Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

  Hospitalization statistics for Breast Cancer: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Breast Cancer:
  • 17,321 admissions to public hospitals for procedures on breast diseases in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 27,688 admissions to private hospitals for procedures on breast in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 39.4% of hospitalisations for procedures on breast were single day in private hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 45.5% of hospitalisations for procedures on breast diseases were single day in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 47,375 patient days spent in public hospitals for procedures on breasts in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 63,337 patient days spent in private hospitals were for procedures on breasts in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.89% (113,860) of hospital episodes were for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultations for malignant neoplasm of breast required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital admissions for malignant neoplasm of breast required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasm of breast occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasm of breast occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59% of hospitalisations for malignant neoplasm of breast were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.51% (269,366) of hospital bed days were for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.5 million visits to a hospital outpatient department was due to mammogram in the US 2002 (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002, NCHS, CDC)
  • 0.89% (113,860) of hospital consultant episodes were for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59% of hospital consultant episodes for malignant neoplasm of breast were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.51% (269,366) of hospital bed days were for malignant neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.059% (7,563) of hospital consultant episodes were for benign neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for benign neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for benign neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for benign neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for benign neoplasm of breast were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.007% (3,392) of hospital bed days were for benign neoplasm of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.036% (4,570) of hospital consultant episodes were for carcinoma in situ of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast were men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for carcinoma in situ of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for carcinoma in situ of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for carcinoma in situ of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19% of hospital consultant episodes for carcinoma in situ of breast were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.025% (13,322) of hospital bed days were for carcinoma in situ of breast in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia:
    • 1.05% (41,746) of hospital episodes were for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 58% of hospitalisations for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were single day episodes in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 85% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 15% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast at public hospitals occurred in 21.4 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 5.7 days was the mean length of stay in public hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 2.56% (62,082) of private hospital episodes were for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 69% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 2% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 98% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast occurred in 31.8 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 2 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 4.4 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for cancer of bone, connective tissue and breast in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia for public hospitals:
    • 0.16% (30) of hospital episodes for breast cancer in public hospitals occurred in females aged 5 to 14 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 31% (6,426) of hospital episodes for breast cancer in public hospitals occurred in females aged 15 to 24 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 55.95% (11,611) of hospital episodes for breast cancer in public hospitals occurred in females aged 25 to 34 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 12.9% (2,669) of hospital episodes for breast cancer in public hospitals occurred in females aged 35 to 44 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.07% (14) of hospital episodes for breast cancer in public hospitals occurred in females aged 45 to 54 years in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer: NCI
2. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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