Breast Cancer in Men: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on many factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

This year, an estimated 2,470 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Black men have the highest incidence rates (2.7 out of every 100,000 men), followed by white men (1.9 out of every 100,000 men).

It is estimated 460 men will die from breast cancer this year.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men live at least 5 years after the breast cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. Overall, the 5-year survival rate for men with breast cancer is 84%. Individual survival rates depend on different factors, including the stage of disease at the time of diagnosis.

For the earliest stages of breast cancer in men, stages 0 and I (zero and one), the 5-year survival rate is 100%. Approximately 47% of cases are diagnosed at this stage. The 5-year survival rate for men with stage II (two) disease is 91% and stage III (three) disease is 72%.

When the disease has spread to other parts of the body, the stage is called stage IV (four). The 5-year survival rate for men with stage IV breast cancer is 20%. Even if the cancer is found at a more advanced stage, new treatments help many people with breast cancer maintain a good quality of life, at least for some time.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for men with breast cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of men with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Men should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017: Special Section – Rare Cancers in Adults, and the ACS website.

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