Breast Cancer in NZ

Breast cancer affects one in nine Kiwi women over the course of their lifetime. 

Eight women, on average, will hear news today that they have breast cancer. 

70% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 80% of women who die from it, are aged 50 years or older.

While women over the age of 50 are most at risk, younger women get breast cancer too. 6% of breast cancers in New Zealand occur under the age of 30 years. 

Although it's uncommon, men also get breast cancer. On average, 20 men are diagnosed in New Zealand every year.

In this section:

Fast Facts
Around 3000 New Zealand women and 20 men are diagnosed every year. The risk of breast cancer increases as women age. Read more> 

Age risk

As indicated in the following table, older women are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. Read more>

Diagnosis rates
With around 3000 women being diagnosed with breast cancer each year, close to 60 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every week. Read more>