Breast cancer at a glance: 2021 facts

Archive, Month, October

This year, breast cancer became the most common form of cancer worldwide.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October, learn more about the impact and toll the disease has on the life of so many.

Early detection is key to a favorable outcome. Don’t avoid regular screenings and don’t ignore potential symptoms.

1 in 8

Approximately 13 percent of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.


Estimated new cases of noninvasive breast cancer among women in 2021.


Unfortunate estimate of breast cancer fatalities in 2021.


Estimated cases of breast cancer among men in the United States in 2021.

3.8 million

Women living in the United States with a history of breast cancer.

12 percent

Percentage of breast cancer cases in relation to all new cancer cases worldwide, the most common form of cancer as of Jan. 2021.

30 percent

Percentage of breast cancer diagnosis among all new cancer cases in women, the most common.

85 percent

Percent of breast cancer diagnosis occurring in women with no history of breast cancer in their family.


Increase of risk of developing breast cancer in women who have a family history of breast cancer among first-degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter).