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Breast Cancer Research Highlights

The American Cancer Society (ACS) helps people with breast cancer in every community. Our research programs have played a role in many of the prevention, screening, and treatment advances that save lives from breast cancer today. And, we continue to fund research to help save even more lives in the future.

ACS Risk & Prevention Studies

The American Cancer Society's Population Science department includes scientists who work with our large, on-going cancer prevention studies (CPS), such as CPS-II and CPS-3.

Several ACS staff scientists and ACS grantees have contributed to the work of the United States-based Cancer Risk Estimates Related to Susceptibility (CARRIERS) consortium, which conducts population- and family-based studies of breast cancer. Here's an overview of some of those publications.

Spotlight on ACS Research Publications

The ACS employs a staff of full-time researchers and funds scientists across the United States who relentlessly search for answers to help us better understand cancer, including breast cancer. Here are some highlights of their work.

160

breast cancer research grants

$78M

funding for breast cancer research

We Fund Cancer Researchers Across the US

The ACS funds scientists who conduct research about breast cancer at medical schools, universities, research institutes, and hospitals throughout the United States. We use a rigorous and independent peer review process to select the most innovative research projects proposals to fund. 

The grant statistics to the left are as of January 4, 2023.

See more funding stats.

Current Breast Cancer Statistics In Brief

Breast Cancer Continues to Increase

Since the mid 2000s, slight increases in breast cancer incidence rates may be partly due to more women having obesity, fewer children, or their first baby after 30.

Featured Breast Cancer Statistics

12%

women who are screened for breast cancer who have an abnormal mammogram

4%

women with abnormal mammograms who have cancer

0.5%

increase in breast cancer incidence rates on average each year since the mid-2000s

200%

how much more likely Black women are to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which is harder to treat, than other racial and ethnic groups

41%

how much higher the breast cancer death rate is for Black women than for White women - even though the incidence rate is lower in Black women