Early detection and treatment advances for breast cancer have prevented hundreds of thousands of breast cancer deaths in the United States in the past three decades, according to a study published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society.
Since 1989, the study’s authors estimate that 384,000 to 614,500 breast cancer deaths were prevented in the U.S. in women ages 40 to 84, up to 45,726 in 2018 alone.
Advances in mammography and other diagnostic techniques and improvements in treatment had a direct impact on deaths from the disease. The researchers calculated that the breast cancer mortality rate decreased by as much as 58.3 percent in 2018.
Sourced from: Cancer