Did you know?

  • In the U.S. in 2021, it is estimated that about 44,000 breast cancer deaths (43,600 women and 530 men) will occur.
  • Although rare, men get breast cancer too. The lifetime risk for U.S. men is about 1 in 1,000.
  • There are more than 4 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

Breast Cancer Facts

  • In 2020, more than 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide and 685,000 died.
  • The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27% for distant-stage disease
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Women at increased risk (e.g., family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk to their doctors about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional test such as breast ultrasound and MRI or having more frequent exams