What is the prevalence of breast abscesses and masses?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Andrew C Miller, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Statistics provided refer to populations in the United States.

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, accounting for roughly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed and affecting 12.4% of women during their lifetime. [15]

Breast infections occur in as many as 10%-33% of lactating women. [16, 17]

Lactational mastitis is seen in approximately 2%-3% of lactating women, [6, 18, 4] and breast abscess may develop in 5%-11% of women with mastitis. [18, 4]

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