Breast Cancer Death Rates Fall
A new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates breast cancer death rates in the United States dropped 39 percent between 1989 and 2015, translating to about 322,600 lives saved. The report also provides a detailed analysis of breast cancer trends, risk factors for breast cancer, factors that affect survival, and the latest information about breast cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and ongoing research.
However, from 2011 to 2015, breast cancer death rates were 44 percent higher in African-American women than white women, even though the disease is slightly more common in women who are white. These two groups have higher breast cancer incidence and death rates than women of other races and ethnicities.
The overall decline in the breast cancer death rate may be attributed to improvements in treatment and early detection. Following recommendations for breast cancer screening can lead to earlier diagnoses and more effective treatment, according to the ACS.