An overwhelming majority of Americans are now saying they have breast cancer, but a new survey shows the numbers have begun to drop.
According to a new report by The Hill, the number of Americans saying they’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer has been dropping steadily since 2009, but that the disease has now reached its highest point in nearly 40 years.
A total of 38.5 million Americans have been diagnosed since 2009.
A small percentage of Americans have now said they have been cured of breast cancer.
A little more than half of Americans (47 percent) have been cleared of breast-cancer, and a majority (53 percent) are still waiting for results of a diagnostic test.
The study comes amid increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancer and the widespread use of breast implants.
The Hill reports that more than two-thirds of women and two-fifths of men who were surveyed in September said they had had a breast-and-ovarian cancer diagnosis.
However, a majority of women have said they do not have symptoms, and most men have said that they have not been diagnosed.