Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 06, 2017

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer (behind skin cancer) and second leading cause of cancer death (exceeded only by lung cancer) among women in the U.S. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., but the American Cancer Society estimates about 40,610 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer in 2017.  According to the WHA Information Center, in 2016, there were 481 inpatient admissions, 7,783 outpatient surgeries, and 64,935 other hospital outpatient visits for the diagnosis or treatment of female breast cancer in Wisconsin hospitals.

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Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

This story originally appeared in the October 06, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter