Breast cancer in men is rare with the latest statistics recording 164 Australian men diagnosed in 2019 (Cancer Australia, 2019). Breast cancer in 2019 In 2019, it is estimated that the risk of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 7.. Breast cancer is cancer that starts in the breast tissue. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast grow in an uncontrolled way. Breast cancer can develop at any age. It is most common in women but also affects a small number of men each year. Breasts are made up of lobules and ducts surrounded by fatty and connective tissue.
Statistics How common is breast cancer? Breast cancer is fairly common. One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer before the age of 85. About 12,000 women and 84 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 in Australia. It is predicted that by 2011, the number of new diagnoses will increase to about 14,800 women and 122 men. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women. In 2018, it is estimated that 18,087 women and 148 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.[i] This means that approximately 18,235 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018,[ii] an average of 50 people every day.
Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2019, it's estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers. In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. In 2015, 16,852 women and 145 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 651 for men. In 2016, 2976 women and 28 men died of breast cancer in Australia. The five year survival rate is 91%.
New cases of cancer in Australia. In 2017, it is estimated that the age–standardised incidence rate will be 470 cases per 100,000 persons (526 for males and 423 for females). The incidence rate of all cancers combined will generally increase with age for both males and females (Figure 1). About Cancer Australia Cancer Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia aims to reduce the impact of cancer, address disparities and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by leading and coordinating national, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care.