FACTS About Breast Cancer


  1. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide.

  2. In the United States, breast cancer accounts for 29% of all cancers in women.

  3. The lifetime risk for women of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 1 in 8 or 12%

  4. Approximately 240,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States

  5. This risk is even higher for women with certain risk factors, such as a strong family history or known genetic mutations.

  6. These figures exclude the 64,640 new cases of in situ breast cancer expected to occur. In addition, 2,350 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

  7. Since 2004, the incidence of breast cancer in the United States has been relatively stable. 

  8. Breast cancer incidence varies significantly by race and ethnicity.

  9. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States (after lung cancer) and the leading cause of cancer death in those between the ages of 20 and 59.

  10. 40,000 will die from breast cancer each year representing 6.8% of all cancer deaths in the U.S.

  11. The majority of breast cancers are diagnosed at an early stage of disease.

  12. Survival is related to the type of cancer and special features of the cancer, as well as how much cancer is found at diagnosis