Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among females in the United States. Both in situ and invasive female breast cancer rates have been decreasing in recent years, with a sharper decline occurring from 2002 to 2003. These rate decreases have been across several age and stage groups and most racial/ethnic populations. Decreases in 2003 occurred primarily among women aged greater than or equal to 50 years. Future studies should focus on determining potential causes for these decreases. Created: 6/8/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/7/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Good News about Breast Cancer
Recent Decline in Breast Cancer Incidence Rates in the United States —
September 7, 2007
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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United
but there is some good news about breast cancer rates, especially for older
According to a recent CDC report on breast cancer, the number of new cases has
down. The rate of breast cancer diagnosis has dropped most among women over
Researchers believe this might be related to fewer women who are taking hormone
replacement therapy after menopause, but there may be other reasons, as well.
will continue to track breast cancer to improve earlier diagnosis and identify
that can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
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