Breast cancer by the numbers: What you need to know

ORLANDO, Fla. — According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women and the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer.

The organization’s Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2019-2020 report provides statistics about the occurrence of breast cancer, as well as information about risk factors, prevention, early detection and treatment.


Here’s a breakdown of the latest statistics you need to know, according to the American Cancer Society:

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· In 2019, the report estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed among women and approximately 2,670 cases would be diagnosed in men.

· Approximately 41,760 women and 500 men were expected to die from breast cancer in 2019.

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· More than 3.8 million U.S. women with a history of breast cancer were alive on Jan. 1, 2019.

· As of 2019-20, approximately 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime and 1 in 39 women (3%) will die from breast cancer.

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· Based on the most recent data, relative survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer are 91% at 5 years after diagnosis; 84% after 10 years; and 80% after 15 years.

· Five-year relative survival rates for breast cancer are 99% for localized disease; 86% for regional disease; and 27% for patients diagnosed with metastatic disease.

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· Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for less than 1% of breast cancer cases in the US. However, since 1975, the incidence rate has increased slightly, from 1 case per 100,000 men during 1975-1979 to 1.2 cases per 100,000 men during 2012-2016.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.