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.
Thanks to Reuters Health
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