SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer
Statistics at a GlanceShow More
At a Glance
- Estimated New Cases in 2013 232,340
- Estimated Deaths in 2013 39,620
Lifetime Risk: Lifetime risk is the probability of developing or dying from a disease in the course of one's lifespan. Based on the most recent data, approximately 12.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.
Prevalence of this cancer: There are an estimated 2,829,041 women currently living with breast cancer in the United States.
Survival StatisticsShow More
How Many People Survive 5 Years Or More after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer?
Relative survival statistics compare the survival of patients diagnosed with cancer with the survival of people in the general population who are the same age, race, and sex and who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Because survival statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. No two patients are entirely alike, and treatment and responses to treatment can vary greatly.
Based on data from SEER 18 2003-2009. Gray figures represent those who have died from breast cancer. Green figures represent those who have survived 5 years or more.
Survival by Stage
Cancer stage at diagnosis, which refers to extent of a cancer in the body, determines treatment options and has a strong influence on the length of survival. In general, if the cancer is found only in the part of the body where it started it is localized (sometimes referred to as stage 1). If it has spread to a different part of the body, the stage is regional or distant. The earlier breast cancer is caught, the better chance a person has of surviving five years after being diagnosed. For breast cancer, 60.5% are diagnosed at the local stage. The 5-year survival for localized breast cancer is 98.6%.
- Localized (61%)
Confined to Primary Site
- Regional (32%)
Spread to Regional Lymph Nodes
- Distant (5%)
Cancer Has Metastasized
- Unknown (2%)
SEER 18 2003-2009, All Races, Females by SEER Summary Stage 2000
Number of New Cases and DeathsShow More
How Common Is This Cancer?
Compared to other cancers, breast cancer is fairly common.
|Common Types of Cancer||Estimated New
|3.||Lung and Bronchus Cancer||228,190||159,480|
|4.||Colon and Rectum Cancer||142,820||50,830|
|5.||Melanoma of the Skin||76,690||9,480|
|8.||Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer||65,150||13,680|
Breast cancer represents 14.1% of all new cancer cases in the U.S.
In 2013, it is estimated that there will be 232,340 new cases of breast cancer and an estimated 39,620 people will die of this disease.
Who Gets This Cancer?
Female breast cancer is most common in middle-aged and older women. Although rare, men can develop breast cancer as well.
Breast cancer rates are highest in people aged 55-64 years.
SEER 18 2006-2010, All Races, Females
- Sex-Specific CancerAll Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
SEER 18 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted
Who Dies From This Cancer?
Overall, female breast cancer survival is good. However, women who are diagnosed at an advanced age may be more likely than younger women to die of the disease. Breast cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Breast cancer deaths are highest in people aged 55-64 years.
U.S. 2006-2010, All Races, Females
- Sex-Specific CancerAll Races
- Asian /
- American Indian /
U.S. 2006-2010, Age-Adjusted
Trends in RatesShow More
Changes Over Time
Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.
Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new breast cancer cases have not changed significantly over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 1.9% each year over the same period. 5-year survival trends are shown below the figure.
|5-Year Relative Survival||75.2%||74.9%||78.4%||84.3%||85.7%||88.4%||89.5%||90.5%|
SEER 9 Incidence & U.S. Mortality 1975-2010, All Races, Females
More About This CancerShow More
Cancer and the Female Breast
Inside a woman's breast are 15 to 20 sections, or lobes. Each lobe is made of many smaller sections called lobules. Fibrous tissue and fat fill the spaces between the lobules and ducts (thin tubes that connect the lobes and nipples). Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast grow out of control and form a growth or tumor. Tumors may be cancerous (malignant) or not cancerous (benign).
Here are some resources for learning more about female breast cancer.
- About risk factors for breast cancer
- About breast cancer screening
- About symptoms and diagnosis of breast cancer
- About treatment options for breast cancer
- About clinical trials
- About breast cancer prevention
- About cancer prevention
All statistics in this report are based on statistics from SEER and the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. Most can be found within:
Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Neyman N, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Cho H, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2010/, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, April 2013.
All material in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission; citation as to source, however, is appreciated.
SEER Cancer Statistics Factsheets: Breast Cancer. National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html
This factsheet focuses on population statistics that are based on the US population. Because these statistics are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict exactly what will happen to an individual patient. To see tailored statistics, browse the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. To see statistics for a specific state, go to the State Cancer Profiles.
The statistics presented in this factsheet are based on the most recent data available, most of which can be found in the SEER Cancer Statistics Review. In some cases, different year spans may be used. Estimates for the current year are based on past data.
Cancer is a complex topic. There is a wide range of information available. This factsheet does not address causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care, or decision making, although it provides links to information in many of these areas.