Breast cancer statistics can be both scary and hopeful. While breast cancer is a very serious disease, the latest breast cancer statistics show that there are good chances for survival when the cancer is caught in its earliest stages.
The important thing to remember when reviewing breast cancer statistics is that the numbers can reflect different things. Some breast cancer statistics take age into consideration, some don’t. Some breast cancer statistics are based on the stage at diagnosis, others are not. Some breast cancer statistics list the patient’s race, while sometimes it is left out. The point is, not all breast cancer statistics are created equal, so make sure you know what you are reading.
Breast Cancer Statistics – Overall
• Breast cancer accounts for more than 25 percent of all cancers in women.
• Breast cancer is the 2nd leading reason for death in American women.
• Every year more than 211,000 women find out they have breast cancer.
• Approximately 1700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
These are the straight breast cancer statistics for the year 2007:
• Approximately 178,000 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
• Over 62,000 women were diagnosed with in situ, or localized, breast cancer.
• More than 40,000 women died from breast cancer.
As of Jan. 1, 2005, there were nearly 2.5 million women alive in the United States who had been diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. This number reflects all women with any type of history of breast cancer, including those currently suffering from breast cancer and those who had been treated and cured.
Breast Cancer Statistics – By Age
Breast cancer is most common in women over the age of 40 and least common in women under age 20 and over age 85.
• 95 percent of new breast cancer cases are in women 40 or older.
• 97 percent of breast cancer deaths occur in women 40 and older.
These are the breast cancer statistics by age in women diagnosed with breast cancer for the years 2001-2005: • 23 percent were 55-64 years old.
• 22 percent were 45-54 years old.
• 20 percent were 65-74 years old.
• 17 percent were 75-84 years old.
• 10 percent were 35-40 years old.
• 6 percent were over 85 years old.
• 2 percent were 20-34 years old.
Diagnosis of breast cancer in women and girls under age 20 is extremely rare.
Breast Cancer Statistics – By Ethnicity
• Invasive breast cancer occurs most frequently in black, Hawaiian and white women.
• White women had the highest incidence of breast cancer in 2007.
• Invasive breast cancer is rarest among American Indian, Korean and Vietnamese women.
• Black women have the highest breast cancer death rate, most likely because they have more late-stage diagnoses.
Breast Cancer Statistics – 5-Year Survival By Stage
• All women diagnosed with breast cancer in stage 1 survive at least 5 years.
• Women with stage 2 breast cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 81-92 percent.
• Women with stage 3 breast cancer have a 5-year survival rate of 54-67 percent.
• When diagnosed in stage 4, 20 percent of women live at least 5 more years.