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. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2012. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

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.

The Susan G. Komen® North Jersey website, www.komennorthjersey.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

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 2018, it’s estimated that among U.S. women there will be [116]:

  • 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
  • 63,960 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer [114]. Learn more about DCISand LCIS.)
  • 40,920 breast cancer deaths

Men

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

In 2018, it’s estimated that among U.S. men there will be [116]:

  • 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancers, but not recurrences of original breast cancers.)
  • 480 breast cancer deaths

Rates of breast cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) are much lower among men than among women [99].

In 2014 (most recent data available) [99]: