Breast cancer is the second most common cancer found in women — after skin cancer — but that doesn’t mean men aren’t at risk as well. Although the percentage of cases in men is much lower than in women, male breast cancer accounts for a portion of new cases every year. The disease has no barriers when it comes to gender, ethnicity or race, and anyone could potentially develop it, particularly if they have certain risk factors, such as prior oral contraceptive or hormone use, genetic factors and family history.
Fortunately, scientists and researchers have made great strides in the treatment of breast cancer. Being vigilant and watching for the early signs of breast cancer is one of the most effective steps in successful treatment. Detecting breast cancer in the early stages before it progresses very far often leads to positive outcomes.
Breast Cancer Statistics and Facts
Approximately one out of every eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer. This equates to an average risk of around 13%. Women who have a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer are almost twice as likely to develop it as other women. The risk increases to about three times as likely if they have more than one relative in this close family group with breast cancer. However, most women who develop breast cancer don’t have any family history at all. Only about 15% of women have other family members who were previously diagnosed with the disease.
For men, the risk of developing breast cancer is much lower than women, about 100 times lower for white men, in fact. Black men, on the other hand, are only about 70 times less likely to develop it than black women. On average, roughly one out of every 833 men will develop breast cancer.