How Wisconsin Women are Affected

Breast Cancer

  • Race is not inherently a risk factor of developing breast cancer, but there are some drastic racial disparities in the United States.
  • White and Asian women have the highest 5-year survival rate at 91% while Hispanics/Latinas and Pacific Islanders come in second highest at 86%, American Indian/Alaska third at  84% and African American women have the lowest rate in the US at 79%.
  • Asian women who have migrated to the US and been living here for over a decade increase their chance of developing breast cancer by 80% than recent Asian migrants. .
  • In 2011, there is estimated to be over 4,430 new cases of female breast cancer in Wisconsin.
  • In Wisconsin 63.2% of Non-Hispanic White women had recent mammograms in comparison to 71.0% or African American in 2008.

Lung Cancer

  •  According to the latest research by the American Cancer Society in 2012, there were an estimated 109,690 new incidences of lung and bronchus cancer in Wisconsin women and 72,590 deaths.
  • In 2007 the mortality rate of lung cancer for Wisconsin women was 38.9%.
  • Over the past four decades, lung cancer rates for women have increased 106%, while men’s has dropped 22%.
  • The risk of developing lung cancer is 13 times higher for female smokers than their non-smoking counterparts.