Key Statistics for Breast Cancer in Men

The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 480 men will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among white men than among white women.  It is about 70 times less common among black men than black women . Like black women, black men with breast cancer tend to have a worse prognosis (outlook). For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 833 .

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Last Medical Review: April 27, 2018 Last Revised: April 27, 2018

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