Breast cancer statistics

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in Canadian women. Breast cancer can also occur in men, but it is not common.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer. The following incidence and mortality statistics are estimated using the most up-to-date data available at the time of the analyses.

It is estimated that in 2020:

  • 27,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This represents 25% of all new cancer cases in women in 2020.
  • 5,100 women will die from breast cancer. This represents 13% of all cancer deaths in women in 2020.
  • On average, 75 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
  • On average, 14 Canadian women will die from breast cancer every day.
  • 240 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 55 will die from breast cancer.

Estimated Canadian breast cancer statistics (2020)

Category

Males

Females

New cases

240

27,400

Deaths

55

5,100

5-year net survival (estimates for 2012 to 2014)

80%

88%

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from breast cancer

It is estimated that about 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 33 will die from it.

For more information, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.

Expert review and references