TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Overall breast cancer incidence rates increased among specific racial/ethnic groups from 2005 to 2014, although the overall death rates decreased from 1989 to 2015, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Carol E. DeSantis, M.P.H., from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, and colleagues provided an overview of U.S. female breast cancer statistics and recent trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality.
The researchers note that among U.S. women, about 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,610 breast cancer deaths are anticipated in 2017. The overall breast cancer incidence rates increased among Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women from 2005 to 2014 (1.7, 0.4, and 0.3 percent per year), while rates were stable in non-Hispanic white and American Indianan/Alaska Native women. Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer drove the increasing trends, with increases among all racial/ethnic groups; there were decreases in the rates of hormone receptor-negative breast cancers. Breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent from 1989 to 2015, resulting in 322,600 deaths averted. Death rates decreased in all racial/ethnic groups during 2006 to 2015. Compared with non-Hispanic white women, non-Hispanic black women continued to have higher breast cancer death rates (mortality rate ratio, 1.39 in 2015).
“Improving access to care for all populations could eliminate the racial disparity in breast cancer mortality and accelerate the reduction in deaths from this malignancy nationwide,” the authors write.
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