Breast Cancer Deaths

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Breast cancer deaths in the United States have declined continuously about 2 percent a year since 1990, according to a report from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the study in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Breast cancer death rates continue to decline, dropping 2 percent between 2002 to 2006.

This year, nearly 200,000 women in this country will be told they have breast cancer and more than 40,000 women will die of the disease. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women.

In the latest figures released by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer deaths declined, continuing a decade-long trend. Some 2.5 million U.S. women were breast cancer survivors. Most of them were cancer free.

The ACS report found that African-American women are 40 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than are white women in the U.S.

The report also found that 95 percent of breast cancer cases and 97 percent of breast cancer deaths were in women aged 40 and older.

It is critical that all women have access to information to help them reduce their risk of breast cancer and resources to ensure early detection and the best treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.