How Common is Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer Statistics.

Today there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Approximately 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed this year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (excluding skin cancer) according to the American Cancer Society.

Roughly one in eight women have the chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age with most women being diagnosed at 50 years of age or older. Only five percent of breast cancers occur in women younger than 40 years old.

White women have the highest incidence of breast cancer, followed by Black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Breast cancer also is the second largest cause of cancer death in women following lung cancer, causing about 39,840 deaths each year. About one in 35 women will die this year because of breast cancer.

While it mainly affects women, breast cancer can occur in men. There are approximately 1,970 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in men each year. About 390 men die each year from the disease.

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