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Breast Cancer Risk 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 woman’s current age.

For example, go to current age 60. The table shows 3.46% of women who are now 60 years old will get breast cancer sometime during the next 10 years. That is, 3 or 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, 2010–2012
Current Age 10 Years 20 Years 30 Years
30 0.44 1.87 4.05
40 1.44 3.65 6.80
50 2.28 5.53 8.75
60 3.46 6.89 8.89
70 3.89 6.16 N/A

Source: Howlader N, Noone AM, Krapcho M, Garshell J, Miller D, Altekruse SF, Kosary CL, Yu M, Ruhl J, Tatalovich Z, Mariotto A, Lewis DR, Chen HS, Feuer EJ, Cronin KA (eds). SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975–2012, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD,, based on November 2014 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER Web site, April 2015.