Race-Specific Breast Cancer Rates Announced

For the first time, researchers have provided an analysis of breast cancer detection rates specific for race and ethnicity, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala announced recently. The data collection was made possible through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).NBCCEDP played an important role in cancer detection for all of the women involved, according to study author Dr. Nancy C. Lee, director of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. As a result of the national screening program, 7.7 cancers were detected per 1,000 white women, 6.4 cancers were detected per 1,000 African-American women, 6.2 cancers were detected per 1,000 Asian/Pacific Islander women, and 4.9 cancers were detected per 1,000 women among American Indian/Alaska Natives and Hispanics. These rates were determined among women whose first mammogram was funded by NBCCEDP.

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