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