Breast Cancer Statistics
Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast cancer is one of the major causes of the cancer death among women in United States and the World. Statistics of Breast cancer or breast cancer studies shows that approximately 460,000 women died with breast cancer around the world each year. Breast cancer is a major threat on women health, from your early age to older age.

Although it is observed that by the time the rate of deaths are declining, this is because the new advancements in medical sciences like early detection of breast cancer and medical treatment. But it was studied that the rate of getting in breast cancer is still as it is.

Now we’ll look on the statistics of breast cancer which is grouped for better understanding including mammography and stages,

  • Breast Cancer by Ethnicity
  • Breast Cancer by Age
  • Mammography Statistics
  • Survival Rates of breast cancer by Stages

Breast Cancer by Ethnicity:

National Cancer Institute program for Surveillance, Epidemiology and End results studied that the,

White and African-American women have high chance of invasive breast cancer in the United States.

American Indian, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese women have low chance of invasive breast cancer in the United States.

African-American women have high death rates diagnosed in later stage of breast cancer than white women.

African-American women have highest death rates in 30-54 and 55-69 age group then white women. In 70 and older age group, white women have the high death rate.

Breast Cancer Rates by Ethnicity
Ethnicity Female
All Ethnicity
White women
African-American Women
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native/Hispanic
127.8 per 100,000 women
132.5 per 100,000 women
118.3 per 100,000 women
89.0 per 100,000 women
69.8 per 100,000 women
89.3 per 100,000 women


Source: National Cancer Institute,


Death Rates by Ethnicity
Ethnicity Female
All Ethnicity
White women
African-American Women
Asian/Pacific IslanderAmerican Indian/Alaska Native/ Hispanic
25.5 per 100,000 women
25.0 per 100,000 women
33.8 per 100,000 women
12.6 per 100,000 women
16.1 per 100,000 women
16.1 per 100,000 women


Source: National Cancer Institute,


Breast Cancer by Age:

Woman’s breast cancer chances are higher or lower depending upon the several factors, which includes genetics, family cancer history or menstruation age. There may be other factors which are still in dark side in Medical Sciences. This study is based on the population averages.

Chances of Breast Cancer in women within the Next 10 years
By age 20
By age 30
By age 40
By age 50
By age 60
By age 70
1 out of 1,760
1 out of 229
1 out of 69
1 out of 42
1 out of 29
1 out of 27
1 out of 8


Source: American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures, 2008-2009.

The study also shows that the breast cancer in not much common in young ages than in older ages of 30+ and the cancer in younger ages is much damaging than older ages due to which death rates in younger ages are high than in older ages.

5 Year Survival Rate By Age
Younger than 45
Ages 45-64
Ages 65 and older


Source: American Cancer Society


Mammography Statistics:

The main factor for survival from breast cancer is the detection and treatment in early stage of the cancer. The studies showed that the survival rate of five year are nearly 100% in detection of breast cancer in early stage, which reduces the therapeutic treatment and also reduce the suffering.

Having self breast examination on regular basis from the age 20 and including clinical breast examination on every three years will highly increase the chance of early detection and as you know early detection have around 100% survival rates. Women with age 40+ should schedule mammograms every year with regular self breast examination.

%age of American Women Over 40 Who Have Had a Mammogram Within Past 2 Years
Black, Non-Hispanic
American Indian/Alaska Native
Asian American


Source: American Cancer Society.

Survival Rates of breast cancer by Stages:

Survival rates of breast cancer are different in different stages. These stages help physicians to evaluate the location and size of breast cancer in women, these stages are divided from stage 0 to IV.

The following is a five year survival rate of breast cancer in different stages

Stage 5-year Relative
Survival Rate
0 100%
I 100%
IIA 92%
IIB 81%
IIIA 67%
IIIB 54%
IV 20%

It is also studied that breast cancer survival rate is increasing after five years. After ten years survival rate depends upon the stage of cancer.

Overall Survival Rate
After 5 years
After 10 years
After 15 years
After 20 years


Source: American Cancer Society



Related Topics:

Breast Cancer: About Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk and Symptoms

Breast Cancer: Types of Breast Cancer, Kinds of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer:Breast Cancer Staging,What are the stages of Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer: Statistics of Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Study

See Also:

What is Cancer?

What are the Kinds of Cancer?