U.S. Cancer Statistics Breast Cancer Stat Bite

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In the United States in 2017—

  • 250,520 new breast cancers were diagnosed.
  • 42,000 women died from breast cancer.

Women had much higher rates of getting breast cancer than dying from breast cancer.

5-Year Relative Survival

Group of three women working out.

Among women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2012 and 2016, about 1,046,100 were still alive on January 1, 2017.

89% of breast cancer patients who were diagnosed between 2001 and 2016 had not died from their cancer 5 years later.

Survival is higher when breast cancer is found before it has spread to other parts of the body. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

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Data Sources

Data in this brief come from U.S. Cancer Statistics, the official federal cancer statistics.

U.S. Cancer Statistics incidence data are from population-based registries that participate in CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and/or the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program and met high-quality data criteria for the 2019 data submission, covering 100% of the U.S. population.

U.S. Cancer Statistics death data are from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System and cover 100% of U.S. population.

U.S. Cancer Statistics survival and prevalence data are from 45 NPCR registries that met high-quality data criteria for the 2019 data submission and conducted linkage with the National Death Index and/or active patient follow-up, covering 94% of the U.S. population. Five-year relative survival estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2001 and 2016, and 5-year limited-duration prevalence estimates are based on cases diagnosed between 2012 and 2016.

Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States Cancer Statistics Breast Cancer Stat Bite. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2020.

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