Since 1990, breast cancer death rates have dropped steadily. The decline has been greater among women under 50 (3.2 percent per year) than among women over 50 (2 percent per year).
From 1997 to 2006, breast cancer deaths dropped by 1.9 percent a year among white and Hispanic women, 1.6 percent a year among black women, and 0.6 percent annually among Asian-American and Pacific Islander women. Death rates have stayed the same for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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SOURCES: Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D., strategic director, cancer surveillance, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Harold J. Burstein, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and assistant professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, both in Boston; Sept. 30, 2009, American Cancer Society report, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2009-2010