facts & figures

Cancer touches everyone. If not you, then someone you love.  It is estimated that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will have a cancer diagnosis in their lives.  For breast cancer, current statistics indicate that 1 in 8 of women will be diagnosed sometime in their lives, making it the dominate form of cancer for women in the United States.


The following links will lead you to current statistics around breast cancer:



Susan G. Komen

American Cancer Society

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Breast Cancer Research Foundation

World Cancer Research Fund International


Summarized Statistics

U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics via Breast Cancer.org

Breast Cancer Statistics via Susan G. Komen


National Database

Statistics at a Glance via National Cancer Institute


United States Statistics (Based on 2020 Estimates):


  • 276.480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year (about 757 per day)
  • 42,170 women will die of metastatic breast cancer each year (about 115 per day)
  • It is estimated there are more than 168,000 women with metastatic cancer living in the US
  • 520 men will die of metastatic breast cancer each year
  • 48,100 women will be diagnosed with DCIS each year
  • Another 40,000 women per year will be told they have metastatic breast cancer and that it is not curable
  • 5 year relative survivor rate equals 90%

Trends: Incidence of Breast Cancer (measured per 100,000 per year):

  • 1975 (when good data started being collected) – 105 women per 100,000
  • 1999 (peak) – 141 women per 100,000
  • 2017 – about 131.61 women per 100,000

Death Rate of Breast Cancer (measured per 100,000 per year):

  • 1975 – 31.5 deaths per 100,000
  • 1989 – 33.2 deaths per year (highest year)
  • 2018 – 19.73 deaths per year (most credit the drop to a combination of better drugs-chemo, Herceptin, Tamoxifen – and early detection, especially mammography)




Diagnoses in Tennessee


Deaths in Tennessee


Diagnoses in East Tennessee


Deaths in East Tennessee

DCIS and Metastatic (OR recurrent) is not included in the stats