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Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. It is a leading cause of cancer death in less developed countries and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Around the World:

  • Nearly 1.7 million new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in 2012.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide. In 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases and 25 percent of all cancers in women.
  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.
  • Globally, breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women. 
  • Since 2008, worldwide breast cancer incidence has increased by more than 20 percent. Mortality has increased by 14 percent.
    According to the World Cancer Research Fund International


In the United States:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.
  • There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
  • In the U.S. in 2018, there will be an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,550 cases diagnosed in men.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the most recent 10 years for which data are available, invasive breast cancer incidence rates were stable in white women and increased slightly (by 0.3% per year) in black women.
  • An estimated 41,400 breast cancer deaths will occur.
  • 480 men will die from breast cancer. 
  • Based on the most recent data, the 5–year, 10–year and 15–year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer are 91%, 86% and 80% respectively.  
  • The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27% for distant-stage disease.
  • Since 1975, the breast cancer 5-year relative survival rate has increased significantly for both black and white women. While a substantial gap remains, especially for late-stage diagnoses, the racial disparity seems to be narrowing. In the most recent period, the 5-year relative survival rate was 83% for black women and 92% for white women. 

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018


For More Information:

The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-2016

The American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016

National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer

World Cancer Research Fund International

World Health Organization

If you’d like additional information about breast cancer, survivorship, prevention or other cancer-related topics, we suggest visiting these reputable sites to learn more about all aspects of the disease. We recommend the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive site as a first stop.