National Women’s Health Week: 2024 Women’s Cancer Statistics

May 20, 2024

This week marks the conclusion of the 25th annual National Women’s Health Week. The goal of Women’s Health Week is to empower women of all ages to make their health a priority. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 12, and is celebrated until May 18, 2024.

As we reflect on this important week, here are some key women’s cancer statistics for 2024 from the American Cancer Society:

  • 920,130 women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2024.
  • 250,500 women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2024.
  • 112,000 women will be diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer.
  • Pancreatic cancer will make up 3.5 percent of cancers diagnosed in women this year.

National Women’s Health Week serves as a vital reminder for women to prioritize their health and engage in preventive measures. Regular screenings, a healthy lifestyle, and staying informed about personal health risks are crucial steps in reducing the impact of cancer and other diseases.

Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, aside from skin cancers. It is crucial to understand the importance of early detection through regular mammograms and self-examinations. Advances in treatment options, including personalized therapies and minimally invasive surgeries, continue to improve outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Lung and Bronchus Cancer: Lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in women. Smoking cessation, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and early screening are critical components in the fight against lung cancer. Emerging treatments, such as the CyberKnife system, targeted therapies and immunotherapies, offer hope for improved survival rates.

Pancreatic Cancer: Pancreatic cancer, while less common, is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Awareness of symptoms and risk factors, such as family history and genetic predisposition, is essential for early detection. Research into novel treatment approaches, including precision medicine and combination therapies, is ongoing to enhance patient outcomes.

National Women’s Health Week encourages women to take proactive steps towards better health. By participating in regular screenings, adopting healthy habits, and staying informed, women can significantly reduce their risk of cancer and other diseases. Let this week be a reminder to prioritize your health and well-being, not just for yourself, but for the loved ones who depend on you.