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Breast Cancer Statistics & Resources

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. It is a leading cause of cancer death in less developed countries and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Around the World:

  • Nearly 1.7 million new breast cancer cases were diagnosed in 2012.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide. In 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases and 25 percent of all cancers in women.
  • Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in 140 of 184 countries worldwide.
  • 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.

 

In the United States:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.
  • About 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2014.
  • About 62,570 new cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) will be diagnosed in women (DCIS is non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) in 2014. 
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer in 2014. 
  • The five-year relative survival rate for female invasive breast cancer patients has improved from 75 percent in the mid-1970s to 90 percent today. 
  • The five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with localized breast cancer (cancer that hasn’t spread to lymph nodes or outside the breast) is 98.5 percent. In cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes (regional stage) or to distant lymph nodes or organs (distant stage), the survival rate falls to 84 percent or 24 percent, respectively.
  • There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. 

 

For More Information:

The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014 

National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer

World Cancer Research Fund International

World Health Organization

If you’d like additional information about breast cancer, survivorship, prevention or other cancer-related topics, we suggest visiting these reputable sites to learn more about all aspects of the disease. We recommend the National Cancer Institute’s comprehensive site as a first stop. 

 

Learn More About Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has a comprehensive portal with extensive information with key statistics, prevention and more.

 

ASCO
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.

 

Breastcancer.org
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.

 

The 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. 

 

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

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. 

 

Learn More About Metastatic Breast Cancer

Advanced BC.org

This website is dedicated to information and support for women facing metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer.

 

Advanced Breast Cancer Community

Dedicated to those living with advanced breast cancer and their caregivers, supporters, friends and family, this site provides information about treatment options and support resources for caregivers.

 

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. 

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

This nonprofit patient advocacy group is dedicated to the unique concerns of women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. MBCN provides education and information about treatments and coping with the disease to those living with stage IV 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 Trials

BreastCancerTrials.org

This nonprofit encourages breast cancer patients to explore clinical trials as a routine option of care.

 

CancerTrialsHelp.org
Run by a nonprofit coalition working to improve access to cancer clinical trials, this site offers a searchable database to help patients easily get involved.

 

ClinicalTrials.gov
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.

 

EmergingMed.com
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 Breast Cancer

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. 

 

Know: BRCA
A collaboration between Bright Pink and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this website allows women to complete an assessment of their BRCA gene mutation risk, provides facts about what the gene mutation means and offers a support center. 

 

Sharsharet
This Jewish-focused nonprofit supports young women of all Jewish backgrounds facing breast cancer and their families. Sharsharet offers a supportive community for women diagnosed with breast cancer or at an increased genetic risk. 

 

Learn More About Survivorship

 

The Advanced Breast Cancer Community Portal

This online community provides comprehensive information dedicated solely to the needs of advanced breast cancer patients, caregivers, family, friends and healthcare providers. 

 

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.

 

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, including the “Reach To Recovery” program.

 

Cancer.Net

Cancer.Net brings ASCO’s expertise to people living with cancer and those who care for and about them. 

 

CancerCare

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 a 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 Breast Cancer Survivorship Care: The Caregiver’s Role
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 Women’s Health, Healthy Living, Diet and Nutrition

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.