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Breast Cancer Statistics

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Many breast cancer patients have reached out to us asking for statistics on the number of people who are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly, survival rates, and overall statistics surrounding breast cancer. We have compiled a list of breast cancer statistics regarding breast cancer. When looking at these statistics it is important to remember that rates of breast cancer vary for women and men and among people of different ethnicities and ages. Those variations also depend on the region you are looking at and differ around the globe.

Below you will find a high level overview of breast cancer statistics across many populations.

  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.

  • Among women in the US in the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be over 276,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer, over 48,000 new cases of DCIS, which is a non-invasive breast cancer, and over 42,000 breast cancer deaths.

  • Among men in the US in the year 2020, it is estimated that there will be over 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer and approximately over 500 deaths.

  • It’s estimated there are more than 168,000 women living with metastatic breast cancer in the U.S. in 2020.

  • About 4% of breast cancers occur in women younger than 40.

  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 20-39.

  • The median age of breast cancer diagnosis for men is older than for women. The overall median age at diagnosis for men is 68 and the overall median age for women is 62.

  • Rates of new breast cancer cases and death are lower among men than women.

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Black women and it is the second leading cause of cancer death among Black women.

  • At this time there are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the USA. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

Get more answers to frequently asked questions regarding breast cancer, treatment options, and clinical trials today.

Sources: CDC, Komen, ASCO, WCRF

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