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Breast Cancer Statistics And Resources

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide 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 are diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide?

In 2022, about 2.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide and 670,000 died. Every 14 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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 157 of 185 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 statistics according to the World Cancer Research Fund International and the World Health Organization

Breast Cancer Statistics 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 4 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.

How many people are diagnosed with breast cancer?

In 2024, an estimated 313,510 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.

How many women are diagnosed with breast cancer?

In 2024, an estimated 310,720 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S., making it the most common cancer in American women. Every two minutes a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with the disease.

How many men are diagnosed with breast cancer?

In 2024, an estimated 2,790 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.

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 percent per year) in black women.

How many people will die from breast cancer in 2023?

In the U.S. in 2024, it is estimated that 42,780 people (42,250 women and 530 men) will die from the disease.

U.S. Breast Cancer Survival Statistics:

What are the overall survival rates for breast cancer?

The five- and 10-year relative survival rates for women with invasive breast cancer are 91 percent and 84 percent, respectively.

What is the five-year survival rate for breast cancer?

The overall five-year relative survival rate is 99 percent for localized disease, 86 percent for regional disease, and 30 percent for distant-stage disease.

Has the breast cancer survival rate improved?

Since 1975, the breast cancer five-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 five-year relative survival rate was 83 percent for black women and 92 percent for white women.

Breast cancer statistics according to the American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2022-2024 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2024)

For More Information and Breast Cancer Statistics:

Learn More About Breast Cancer

BCRF’s Guide to Different Types of Breast Cancer
Learn more about invasive ductal and lobular carcinoma, DCIS and LCIS, hormone positive–breast cancer, triple-negative breast cancer, HER2-positive breast cancer, and other types.

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 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

BCRF’s Guide to Breast Cancer in Men
Read more about male breast cancer statistics, what we know about causes of the disease in this group, and why research is critical.

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.

The Male Breast Cancer Global Alliance
MBCGA 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.

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 Trails

BCRF’s Guide To Breast Cancer Clinical Trials
BCRF answers common questions about breast cancer 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 Cancer

BCRF’s Guide to Inherited Risk Factors And Hereditary Breast Cancer
How BCRF investigators are investigating the role of family history, race, ethnicity, and more to improve detection and prevention.

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 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

BCRF’s “Thrivership After Breast Cancer” Series
In this three-part series, BCRF explores the realities of breast cancer survivorship: emotional and physical challenges, side effects of treatment, and the latest research focused on improving quality of life.

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.

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

American Cancer Society
Learn about different types of cancers, explore research and get information about the different programs and services ACS provides.

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.

National Cancer Institute
NCI offers comprehensive information about all types of cancers and useful resources like a dictionary of cancer terms and a searchable clinical trial database.

Learn More About Being 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’ Cancer and the Family Series
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 Risk Reduction, Prevention, and Healthy Living

BCRF Guide to Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Research-backed tips from BCRF investigators on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing your risk of breast cancer.

BCRF’s Guide to Breast Cancer Risk Factors
BCRF highlights the major modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for breast cancer based on research.

BCRF’s Guide to Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
This guide explores how breast cancer risk is measured—and highlights how the Foundation is supporting research on risk

Siteman Cancer Center’s Your Disease Risk™ Assessment Tool
A patient-friendly tool for calculating your personal risk of breast and other cancers based on research from BCRF-supported investigators and others.

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.