Behind the Science: Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011

Behind the Science: Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011


Every two years The American Cancer Society publishes its report Breast Cancer Facts &
Figures. And in this latest report we found that breast cancer death rates
have been declining for all women since 1990. However, the decline among poor women has
been slower and began later than women and more affluent areas. We
think that it may in part be due to differences in screening rates. Poor women have historically lower
screening rates. And even with the most recent data in
2008 only fifty-one percent of poor women
reported a mammogram within the past two years compared to 72 percent more
affluent women. Another reason may be differences and
access to high quality treatment. Breast cancer treatment advances have
been greater for the past two decades but not all women have benefited equally
from these advances. A woman can reduce your risk from breast
cancer by achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, being physically active, and minimizing alcohol intake. But really the most important thing a
woman can do to reduce her risk death from breast cancer is getting regular mammograms. The Society
recommends that women age 40 and older get an annual
screening mammogram.

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