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Breast Cancer Statistics And Resources
Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide—surpassing lung cancer for the first time in 2020—and the most common cancer diagnosed in American women. It is a leading cause of cancer death in less developed countries and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women.
Breast Cancer Statistics Worldwide:
How many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020?
In 2020, more than 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide and 685,000 died.
How common is breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world. In 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases and 25 percent of all cancers in women.
What is the most common cancer in women?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women overall. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.
How has breast cancer progressed over the years?
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.
Breast Cancer in the United States:
What is the most common cancer for women in the U.S.?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after nonmelanoma skin cancer.
How many breast cancer survivors are there in the U.S?
There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
How many people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021?
In the U.S. in 2021, there will be an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,650 cases diagnoses in men.
What race is most affected by breast cancer?
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.
How many people will die from breast cancer in 2021?
In the U.S. in 2021, it is estimated that about 44,000 breast cancer deaths (43,600 women and 530 men) will occur.
U.S. Breast Cancer Survival Statistics:
According to the American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2019-2020 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2021)
What are the overall survival rates for breast cancer?
The 5- and 10-year relative survival rates for women with invasive breast cancer are 90% and 83%, respectively.
What is the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer?
The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27% for distant-stage disease.
Has the breast cancer survival rate improved?
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.
For More Information:
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.
Learn More About Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has a comprehensive portal with extensive information with key statistics, prevention and more.
Produced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, this “ASCO Answers” guide includes an overview of breast cancer, risk factors, treatment options, questions to ask your doctor and more.
From diagnosis to day-to-day matters, this nonprofit offers a wealth of reliable, up-to-date information about breast cancer.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation
This is the only organization dedicated solely to inflammatory breast cancer, an aggressive type of breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
This education- and- support-based organization connects people to both breast cancer information and a supportive community.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
This program, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides low-income, uninsured and underserved women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.
National Cancer Institute
This government-sponsored resource center offers information on a wide range of breast cancer topics, including treatment, screening and testing and coping.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Focused on raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer, the foundation’s site features a helpline, a clinical trial matching service, and active discussion forums.
Verywell is filled with information on hundreds of health and wellness topics including a newly developed breast cancer resource platform.
Young Survival Coalition
This global organization is dedicated to the unique issues facing young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Learn More About Male Breast Cancer
American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer in Men
Find information about the disease in men, including risk factors, symptoms, detection and treatment.
National Cancer Institute’s Male Breast Cancer Treatment
The NCI has a substantial amount of information on breast cancer in males.
Male Breast Cancer Coalition
The MBCC shares stories from male breast cancer survivors worldwide and offer resources for men and their families impacted by the disease.
Learn More About Metastatic Breast Cancer
BCRF's Guide to Metastatic Breast Cancer
Learn more about stage IV breast cancer—from what it is to how it’s treated—and what BCRF is doing to accelerate lifesaving research
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance
The MBCA is a coalition of 20 breast cancer organizations, including BCRF, united in their commitment to promote research, education and advocacy for patients with advanced breast cancer.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Network
This nonprofit patient advocacy group is dedicated to the unique concerns of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. MBCN provides education and information about treatments and coping with the disease to those living with stage IV breast cancer.
National Cancer Institute’s Metastatic Cancer Fact Sheet
Although not specific to breast cancer, NCI’s fact sheet offers valuable information about metastatic breast cancer.
Learn More About Clinical Trials
This nonprofit encourages breast cancer patients to explore clinical trials as a routine option of care.
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the site offers a clinical trial registry and results database of studies from around the world.
This private matching service finds patients appropriate clinical trials and sites that match their specific diagnosis, stage, symptoms and treatment history.
National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials Search
Patients can easily search for all NCI-sponsored clinical trials here.
Learn More About Inherited Pre-Disposition to Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute’s BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing Fact Sheet
This thorough fact sheet is packed with information about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, including the risk of breast cancer and genetic testing.
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
As the only nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, FORCE provides information and research, support and advocacy opportunities.
This Jewish-focused nonprofit supports young women of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer and their families. Sharsheret offers a supportive community for women diagnosed with breast cancer or at an increased genetic risk.
Learn More About Survivorship
Look Good Feel Better
This non-medical, brand-neutral public service program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments.
Make Your Dialogue Count
This online community provides comprehensive information dedicated solely to the needs of metastatic breast cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends and healthcare providers.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer.
SHARE Cancer Support
Run by breast and ovarian cancer survivors, CARE provides telephone support, support groups, educational programs, and advocacy activities for women diagnosed with breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Learn More About All Cancers
This national organization provides free, professional support services and information to help patients and caregivers manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.
Learn More About Being a Caregiver
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society’s “Coping as a Caregiver” provides information on what to expect if you are caring for someone with cancer, as well as tips on taking care of yourself.
John Hopkins Breast Cancer Survivorship Care: The Caregiver’s Role
This series gives caregivers the tools they need to address topics like communicating with a loved one diagnosed with cancer, the end of treatment and more.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: A Guide for Caregivers
Not only does this guide address most of the routine caregiver concerns, but also includes helpful information on oft-neglected topics like financial and legal issues.
National Cancer Institute’s Caring for the Caregiver
A comprehensive resource for caregivers, this printable pamphlet has answers to common caregiver questions and also a great section about questions to ask a patient’s health care team.
National Cancer Institute Family Caregivers in Cancer
This site has a wealth of information for caregivers, including their changing role during the treatment process, assessing their own quality of life and more.
Learn More About Women’s Health, Healthy Living, Diet and Nutrition
BCRF: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
Research-backed tips from BCRF investigators on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing your risk of breast cancer.
Mayo Clinic: Breast Cancer Prevention Guide
Produced by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, this guide provides information on reducing your risk of breast cancer.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
This resource provides evidence-based information about herbs, botanicals, supplements and other remedies patients might seek to use.
Learn More About Financial Resources And Pharmaceutical Assistance
CancerCare is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer.
The Patient Access Network Foundation
The Patient Access Network Foundation is an independent, national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through more than 50 disease-specific programs that give them access to the treatments they need.
American Life Fund
American Life Fund offers cancer financial assistance to individual’s with a life-threatening disease or late stage cancer that are looking to loan against or sell their existing life insurance policy.