Statistics

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. In 2014, it is estimated that 15,270 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; however it is important to remember that most women survive breast cancer.

Breast cancer in men is rare with the latest statistics recording 113 Australian men diagnosed in 2008.

Breast cancer in 2014
  • One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85.
  • It is estimated that in 2014, 15,270 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer or approximately 42 each day.
  • 1,501 of those will be Western Australian women.
  • The incidence of breast cancer in Australia is increasing and by 2020, it is estimated that there will be 17,210 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women or approximately 47 every day.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
  • A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, with the average age of first diagnosis in women being 60 years. 75 per cent of new cases of breast cancer develop in women over the age of 50.
  • Approximately 5–10% of breast cancers are due to a strong family history or a known genetic mutation.
  • The number of men diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia increased from 61 in 1982 to 113 in 2008.
Breast cancer survival
  • The five year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89%. Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms, regular self-examinations and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
  • In 2008, there were 159,325 women alive who had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the previous 27 years.
Breast cancer mortality
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in Australian women, accounting for 15.5 per cent of all cancer deaths in women.
  • It is estimated that 2,700 Australian women will lose their lives to breast cancer in 2014.
  • In 2007, there were 2,706 deaths from breast cancer (2,680 women and 26 men) or on average, seven deaths every day. 
Western Australian statistics
  • In 2010, 1444 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Western Australia
  • In 2010, 237 women died from the disease in WA
WA trends and projections on incidence
  • 2012: 1440 cases
  • 2013: 1470 cases
  • 2014: 1501 cases
  • 2019: 1658 cases
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