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Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Down

Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Down

WASHINGTON--The breast cancer death rate in American women has declined steadily in the 1990s, suggesting that improved breast cancer management from early detection to treatment is having a beneficial effect, the National Cancer Institute reports.

From 1989 to 1993, age-adjusted mortality rates fell approximately 6% in white women and rose about 1% in black women. This is an improvement over 1980 to 1989, when rates increased by 3% in white women and 16% in black women.

The report attributed the decline in mortality only partly to mammography screening, stating that "further study is required to determine the relative contribution of early detection and improved treatment."

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