Breast Cancer in Men: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2015

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many men are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on many factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 2,350 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is estimated 440 men will die from breast cancer this year.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. Men and women with breast cancer have similar survival rates. For the earliest stages of breast cancer in men, stages 0 and I, the five-year survival rate is 100%. The five-year survival rate for men with stage II disease is 91% and stage III disease is 72%. When the disease has spread to other parts of the body, the stage is called stage IV. The five-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 period of time.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of men with this type of cancer in the United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. 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. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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