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Breast Cancer Statistics And Resources
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.
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
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.
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.
The 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.
This global organization is dedicated to the unique issues facing young women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Learn More About Male Breast Cancer
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.
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
This website is dedicated to information and support for women facing metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer.
Dedicated to those living with advanced breast cancer and their caregivers, supporters, friends and family, this site provides information about treatment options and support resources for caregivers.
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.
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.
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.
Run by a nonprofit coalition working to improve access to cancer clinical trials, this site offers a searchable database to help patients easily get involved.
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.
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.
A collaboration between Bright Pink and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this website allows women to complete an assessment of their BRCA gene mutation risk, provides facts about what the gene mutation means and offers a support center.
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
This online community provides comprehensive information dedicated solely to the needs of advanced breast cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends and healthcare providers.
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.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer.
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
Learn about different types of cancers, explore research and get information about the different programs and services ACS provides, including the “Reach To Recovery” program.
Cancer.Net brings ASCO’s expertise to people living with cancer and those who care for and about them.
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.
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.
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
Produced by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, this guide provides information on reducing your risk of breast cancer.
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 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.
The CHAIN Fund assists cancer patients in areas such as mortgage, rent, utilities, prescriptions co-pays, insurance co-pays, and special food needs. Support services such as financial counseling, nutritional, emotional and wellness workshops and support groups are also available.
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.