This year, an estimated 2,240 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. An estimated 410 men will die of breast cancer this year.
Breast cancer in men and women has similar survival rates. For the earliest stages of breast cancer, stages 0 and I, the five-year survival rate (the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) is 98%. Men with breast cancer that has spread to the local lymph nodes have an 84% five-year survival rate, and men with cancer that has spread to other parts of the body have a 24% five-year survival rate. Even if the cancer is found at a more advanced stage, new therapies enable many people with breast cancer to experience the same quality of life as before their diagnosis, for some period of time.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, but the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a man how long he will live with breast cancer. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2013.