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Quick facts about breast cancer in California

  • In 2007, it is estimated that 19,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • In 2007, it is estimated that 4,165 women will die from breast cancer.
  • 55% of California women who get breast cancer are under age 65.
  • The California county with the highest breast cancer rate is Marin, and the counties with the lowest rates are Imperial and the combined rates for Lassen, Modoc, and Plumas.
  • White women are more likely to get breast cancer but African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer.
  • The breast cancer rate for Asian women in California is going up, while the rates for other California ethnic groups are dropping.
  • More California women are getting regular mammograms. In 2004, 57% of women of screening age had a mammogram in the past year, compared to 39% in 1987.

Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts offers free breast exams and mammograms to women age 40 and older. To see if you qualify for these free tests call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. We speak English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.

Last modified on: 1/23/2008 10:45 PM