U.S. breast cancer death rates fall dramatically

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U.S. breast cancer death rates fall dramatically

The US mortality rate from breast cancer fell by 43% from 1989 to 2020 driven by improvements in screening, awareness, and treatment.

That translates to more than 460,000 fewer breast cancer deaths over that period, according to an American Cancer Society report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among U.S. women after skin cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death among women overall, after lung cancer, according to the group.

However, disparities persist, as the risk of dying from breast cancer remains 40% higher among Black women compared with white women, even though Black women have a lower incidence of breast cancer and similar disease severity.

Read more at HealthDay News or United Press International.

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