What is the US prevalence of breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 26, 2019
  • Author: Graham A Colditz, MD, DrPH; Chief Editor: Chandandeep Nagi, MD  more...
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among US women, with an estimated 268,600 newly diagnosed women with invasive disease (48,100 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ [DCIS]) in 2019, accounting for approximately 15.2%-30% of all new cancer cases among women, depending on the data sources. [1, 2, 3] (In men, the 2019 estimate is 2,670 new cases of breast cancer, accounting for < 1% of all new cancer cases among men. [2] ) Each year, nearly 42,000 women die of breast cancer, making it the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among US women after lung cancer. [1, 2, 3]  The lifetime risk of dying of breast cancer is approximately 2.6%. [3]

Breast cancer epidemiology and risk factors. 2019 Breast cancer epidemiology and risk factors. 2019 Prevalence of US female breast cancer relative to other common cancers. Image from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).
Breast cancer epidemiology and risk factors. These Breast cancer epidemiology and risk factors. These graphs illustrate 2019 US female breast cancer statistics at glance from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)'s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).

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