print header

Quick Facts

  • Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Ontario women, and second only to lung cancer for cancer deaths. 
  • The average Canadian woman has a 1 in 9 chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and a 1 in 27 chance of dying of the disease.   
  • Close to 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. 
  • Older women are at greatest risk of getting breast cancer. 
  • 80% of breast cancers are found in women over 50 years old.
  • When breast cancer is caught early, the rates of successful treatment are much higher. 
  • Mammography is the gold standard in breast screening and remains the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early in the majority of women.
  •  Many studies have shown that regular mammograms for women aged 50-69 reduce deaths from breast cancer by up to a third.
  • Although it’s possible to reduce the risk there is no way yet to prevent breast cancer, but if found early, when it is very small, there is a good chance it can be cured.
Did you find what you were looking for today?
What did you like about this page?
How can we improve this page?

If you have any questions or concerns that require a response, please contact Health Connection directly.

Thanks for your feedback.
Failed to submit comment. Please try submitting again or contact us at the Health Unit.
Comment already submitted ...