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  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.
  • There are more than 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
  • In the U.S. in 2018, there will be an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and 2,550 cases diagnosed in men.
  • From 2005 to 2014, the most recent 10 years for which data are available, invasive breast cancer incidence rates were stable in white women and increased slightly (by 0.3% per year) in black women.
  •  While breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, breast cancer death rates are highest in African American women. 
  • An estimated 41,400 breast cancer deaths will occur.
  • 480 men will die from breast cancer. 
  • Based on the most recent data, the 5–year, 10–year and 15–year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer are 91%, 86% and 80% respectively.  
  • The overall 5-year relative survival rate is 99% for localized disease, 85% for regional disease, and 27% for distant-stage disease.
  • Since 1975, the breast cancer 5-year relative survival rate has increased significantly for both black and white women. While a substantial gap remains, especially for late-stage diagnoses, the racial disparity seems to be narrowing. In the most recent period, the 5-year relative survival rate was 83% for black women and 92% for white women. 

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018

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Statistics such as these are presented in this updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Facts and Figures, which provides data on breast cancer incidence, mortality, and survival, as well as information on risk factors, early detection, and treatment.