US Breast Cancer Death Rates Drop Overall, In Spite of Racial Disparities

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed Breast Cancer, with an annual mortality rate of approximately 41,000, the second most deadly cancer for women after lung cancer.

Over the five-year period between 2010 and 2014, the death rates dropped – with a greater decline for white women, at 1.9 percent per year, than for black women, at 1.5 percent per year.

There were indications that the disparity is getting smaller, especially among women under 50 – who experienced the same decline in death rates among black and white patients.

Lisa Richardson, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer and one of the authors of the study, pointed out that this change in younger patients is likely due to their receiving earlier and better treatment, but she also said, “Younger black women tend to have more aggressive cancer, and if you don't get the therapy right, it is difficult to make up the difference later. We're hopeful the lack of difference in death rates between black and white women under 50 will start to be seen in older women."

Women can take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer by knowing their family history, eating a healthy diet, exercising and maintaining a normal weight. 

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