Breast Cancer Worldwide

Breast Cancer Worldwide

Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012.1 The four most common cancers occurring worldwide are lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancer.2 These four account for around 4 in 10 of all cancers diagnosed.2 Worldwide there will be 23.6 million new cases of cancer each year by 2030 (estimated).2

Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably to form a tumour. While most cases of breast cancer occur in women it does occur in men too, although this is rare (about 1% of cases)3. Survival rates for breast cancer vary worldwide. Advanced and metastatic breast cancer is currently incurable, but treatable, with a median survival rate of 2-3 years, although variable according to the subtype of ABC.

At the ABC Global Alliance, our goal is to improve and extend the lives of women and men living with advanced breast cancer in all countries worldwide and to fight for a cure. We will also raise awareness of advanced breast cancer and lobby worldwide for the improvement of the lives of advanced breast cancer patients.

To find out more information about advanced breast cancer and our mission to find a cure please visit


  1. World Cancer Research Fund International. Breast Cancer Statistics Available at
  2. Cancer Research UK. Cancer Statistics. Available at
  3. American Cancer Society. What are the Key Statistics About Breast Cancer in Men. Available at [Accessed 24 February 2017]
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