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How to Fight Breast Cancer at Any Age

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Breast Cancer by the Numbers

182,460 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

40,480 of them will lose the battle.

20,080 women in California will be diagnosed with the disease in 2008, the most of any other state; 4,150 will succumb to the illness.

300 women in Washington, DC, will learn that they have breast cancer this year, the lowest incidence in the U.S.

There has been a 25 percent drop in breast cancer deaths between 1991 and 2004.

Female breast cancer has the second-highest mortality rate of all cancers. Lung/bronchus cancer tops the list.

All stats are projections from the American Cancer Society report, "Cancer Statistics, 2008," an annual review of cancer incidence, survival, and mortality. Numbers are based on reporting data from cancer centers across the U.S., using data from previous years.

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