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Risk of Breast Cancer by Age   

The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. The table below shows the percentage of women (how many out of 100) who will get breast cancer over different time periods. The time periods are based on the person's current age.

For example, go to current age 60. The table shows 3.5% of women who are now 60 years old will get breast cancer sometime during the next 10 years. That is, 3 to 4 out of every 100 women who are 60 years old today will get breast cancer by the age of 70.

Percent of U.S. Women Who Develop Breast Cancer Over 10-, 20-, and 30-Year Intervals
According to Their Current Age, 2002–2004

   Current Age       10 Years       20 Years       30 Years   

30

0.4

1.8

4.2

40

1.4

3.9

7.0

50

2.5

5.8

8.9

60

3.5

6.9

8.8

70

3.9

6.1

N/A

Source: Data are from 17 Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries covering 25% of the U.S. population. Age-specific data are not available for women over 95 years old. SEER Fast Stats, National Cancer Institute.

 

Deaths from Breast Cancer by Age

The risk of dying from breast cancer increases with age. The table below shows the percentage of women (how many out of 100) who will die from breast cancer over different time periods. The time periods are based on the person's current age.

For example, go to current age 60. The table shows 0.7% of women who are now 60 years old will die from breast cancer during the next 10 years. That is, about 1 woman out of 100 women who are 60 years old today will die from breast cancer by the age of 70.

 

Percent of U.S. Women Who Die from Breast Cancer Over 10-, 20-, and 30-Year Intervals
According to Their Current Age, 2002–2004

   Current Age       10 Years       20 Years       30 Years   

30

0.1

0.3

0.7

40

0.2

0.6

1.2

50

0.4

1.1

1.8

60

0.7

1.4

2.2

70

0.9

1.7

N/A

Source: Data are from National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Age-specific data are not available for women over 95 years old. SEER Fast Stats, National Cancer Institute.

Content source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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