Friday, October 14, 2016
Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Among Black and White Women — United States, 1999–2013
Breast cancer death rates are decreasing among all women, but racial differences remain that need to be addressed and prioritized. Access to quality care and the best available treatments for all women diagnosed with breast cancer can help to address the disparities. Newly released data show that while overall breast cancer death rates are decreasing, there are racial differences – particularly among women over age 50. There was a faster decrease in breast cancer death rates for white women (-1.9 percent per year) than for black women (-1.5 percent per year) between 2010 and 2014. However, among women under age 50, -death rates decreased at the same rate. We are hopeful that this indicates that white and black women under 50 are beginning to benefit equally from appropriate and timely breast cancer treatments and will continue to assess if these differences can also improve for women over 50.