In 2020, more than 120 patients received mammography assistance with funds raised by the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation. Fundraisers like Putting for the Pink, Lake James Dragon Boat Festival, Pink Out T-shirt sales and private donations made that possible. We are honored to assist in funding these services for patients in need.
Facts About Breast Cancer In The United States
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2021, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
- About 43,600 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2021 from breast cancer. Death rates have been steady in women under 50 since 2007, but have continued to drop in women over 50. The overall death rate from breast cancer decreased by 1% per year from 2013 to 2018. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances and earlier detection through screening.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.