Report Breast Cancer Rates Drop Again

10.01.09 | FL News Team

Breast cancer deaths dropped again this year now that researchers have isolated some of its causes. Some 40-thousand women are expected to die this year from breast cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. For white women, the death rate has dropped at a steady clip of two-percent a year for the last decade. So some 15-thousand women won't be among the casualties this year. Some two-and-a-half million American women can count themselves survivors of the disease. For African-American women, the death rate has stabilized.

 

The top reason researchers cite for the better survival rate is the move away from using hormones to ease the effects of menopause. Once it was learned in 2002 that estrogen use can increase breast cancer risk, doctors stopped prescribing it. Earlier detection and more effective treatments have also done their part. Over the course of a lifetime, one in eight American women is expected to get breast cancer. But nearly nine out of ten will still be alive five years after their initial diagnosis, and three-quarters will survive beyond 15 years.