Breast Cancer in Men: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2020

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

This year, an estimated 2,620 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). Black men with breast cancer typically have a lower chance of recovery.

It is estimated that 520 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 the disease when it is first diagnosed.

If the cancer is located only in the breast, the 5-year survival rate of men with breast cancer is 96%. About 47% of cases are diagnosed at this localized stage. If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 83%. If the cancer has spread to a distant part of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 22%. Even if the cancer is found at a more advanced stage, new treatments help many men with breast cancer maintain a good quality of life 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. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2020 (January 2020), and the ACS website (January 2020).

The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains what factors may increase the chance of men developing breast cancer. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.