What are the key statistics about breast cancer in men?
The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States are for 2013:
- About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men
- About 410 men will die from breast cancer
Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.
The prognosis (outlook) for men with breast cancer was once thought to be worse than that for women, but recent studies have not found this to be true. In fact, men and women with the same stage of breast cancer have a fairly similar outlook for survival.
Last Medical Review: 09/21/2012
Last Revised: 02/26/2013