Our 24/7 cancer helpline provides information and answers for people dealing with cancer. We can connect you with trained cancer information specialists who will answer questions about a cancer diagnosis and provide guidance and a compassionate ear.
Our highly trained specialists are available 24/7 via phone and on weekdays can assist through video calls and online chat. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with essential services and resources at every step of their cancer journey. Ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
This Facts & Figures report provides statistics about the occurrence of breast cancer as well as about its risk factors, prevention, early detection, and treatment.
For a short summary, see the news story: Higher Breast Cancer Death Rates for Black Women Persist
Suggested citation: American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2022-2024. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2022.
Please note that any reproduction or re-use of this publication or portions of it should credit the appropriate edition of the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures publication. See the PDF contents page for more copyright info and permissions for use.
Genes that are vulnerable to cancer-causing variants or changes (mutations). In some cases, a cancer-predisposition gene is inherited or passed from generation to generation. Several dozen cancer-predisposition genes have been identified, and about 5 to 10% of all cancers result directly from those that are inherited from a parent. For example, BRCA1 and BRCA2 are inherited cancer predisposition genes, and mutations on them increase the risk for developing certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, and prostate.