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ACS: Report finds burden of breast cancer deaths shifts to poor

The American Cancer Society

Breast cancer facts …

The American Cancer Society's most recent statistics for breast cancer in the United States:

• About 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year.

• In 2011, About 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).

• About 39,520 women will die from breast cancer in 2011

• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

• The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3 percent).

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• Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50.

• At this time there are more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

A report from the American Cancer Society finds that a slower and later decline in breast cancer death rates among women in poor areas has resulted in a shift in the highest breast cancer death rates from women residing in more affluent areas to those in poor areas.

The authors point to screening rates as one potential factor.

In 2008, only 51.4 percent of poor women ages 40 and older had undergone a screening mammogram in the past two years compared to 72.8 percent of non-poor women.

"In general, progress in reducing breast cancer death rates is being seen across races/ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and across the U.S.," said Otis W. Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. "However, not all women have benefitted equally.

"Poor women are now at greater risk for breast cancer death because of less access to screening and better treatments. This continued disparity is impeding real progress against breast cancer, and will require renewed efforts to ensure that all women have access to high-quality prevention, detection, and treatment services."

The findings are published in Breast Cancer Statistics, 2011, which appears in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The report and its consumer version, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012, provide detailed analyses of breast cancer trends, present information on known factors that influence risk and survival, and provide the latest data on prevention, early detection, treatment, and ongoing research.

More highlights from Breast Cancer Statistics, 2011 and Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012:

• Breast cancer mortality rates have declined steadily since 1990, with the drop in mortality larger among women under 50 (3.2 percent per year) than among women 50 and older (2.0 percent per year).

• In 2011, an estimated 230,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed.

• An estimated 39,520 women are expected to die from the disease in 2011. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

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Breast cancer facts …

The American Cancer Society’s most recent statistics for breast cancer in the United States:

• About 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year.

• In 2011, About 57,650 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).

• About 39,520 women will die from breast cancer in 2011

• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

• The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3 percent).

• Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50.

• At this time there are more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

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