Breast Cancer Stats
We're here to change the stats. Our vision: Zero Deaths from breast cancer.
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst women in Australia.
Its incidence is increasing – with 1 in 7 Australian women and about 1 in 600 Australian men expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime.
The disease develops when cells within the breast grow abnormally and multiply to form a tumour. Thanks to medical research, breast cancer that is contained within the breast is now largely treatable. Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) started funding research in 1994, the death rates from breast cancer in Australia have reduced by 43% thanks in large part to research in prevention, early detection and new and improved breast cancer treatments.
It’s progress to be proud of. But the job’s not done. 9 Australians still lose their life to the disease every single day.
Targeted, world-class research is the only way to stop women and men dying from breast cancer. By gaining a better understanding of how breast cancer tumours originate, grow and spread, we can save more lives.
NBCF is committed to funding research to reach one determined vision: Zero Deaths from breast cancer.
There are a range of factors that contribute to your chance of developing breast cancer. Some risks can be reduced, while others you might have no control over.
Breast cancer is a complex disease, made up of many different subtypes. Learn more about the stages and types of breast cancer.
Maintaining a positive quality of life - at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and after completion of treatment – is a crucial aspect of treatment outcomes and breast cancer care
Additional information to support partners and caregivers have been provided by a variety of cancer groups.