About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. There is no cure for breast cancer, but there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

Changes That Should Be Reported Include:

Warning Signs

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure national website, komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment.

BREAST CANCER STATISTICS

Rates of breast cancer vary among different groups of people. Rates vary between women and men and among people of different ethnicities and ages. They vary around the world and across the U.S.

This section provides an overview of breast cancer statistics for many populations.

OVERALL ESTIMATES OF BREAST CANCER IN THE U.S.

Women

In 2019, it’s estimated among U.S. women there will be [114]:

  • 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
  • 62,930 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of these, about 76 percent will be DCIS [114,154]. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer. LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Learn more about DCIS and LCIS.)
  • 41,760 breast cancer deaths

Men

Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen.

In 2019, it’s estimated among U.S. men there will be [114]:

  • 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancers, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
  • 500 breast cancer deaths

Rates of breast cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) are much lower among men than among women [134-135].