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.

 

According to the World Cancer Research Fund International and the World Health Organization

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:

  • 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.

 

According to the American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2019-2020 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2021)

 

For More Information:

American Cancer Society: Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2019-2020

National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer

World Cancer Research Fund International

World Health Organization

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