Breast cancer deaths decline for both white and black women in U.S.
Breast cancer death rates are on the decline for both white and black women and the racial gap for deaths related to the disease is closing in the United States, federal health officials said in their latest report.
In the newly released report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said that breast cancer death rates slipped for white as well as black women between 2010 and 2014. However, overall death rate for white women slipped faster than black women, roughly 2 per cent annually vs. 1.5 per cent.
The CDC report also revealed that the death rate among women under 50 years of age was the same for both races. The report’s lead author, Dr. Lisa Richardson, expressed hope that older women will also show similar declines in death rates in the future.
Releasing the report, Dr. Richardson said, “We hope that the signal we are seeing in younger women we will see in older women as time progresses. Historically, black women have had higher mortality rates and they still do overall, but for women under 50 the diseases are the same, and that’s something we have not seen previously.”
The most notable difference between the races in terms of decline in breast cancer deaths was found to be among women ages 60 to 69. In the group, death rates slipped 2 per cent and 1 per cent per year for white and black women respectively.
The report, released as part of the federal agency’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report on Oct. 13, concluded that the death rate declines were largely due to more education about the deadly disease, more access to screening and better treatment.