Less women are dying from breast cancer, but black women are not seeing the same benefits as whites, Reuters reports

The American Cancer Society said Tuesday that from 2001-2004, breast cancer diagnoses fell by an average of 3.7 percent a year. The group credits a drop in hormone replacement therapy and women getting fewer mammograms as reasons for the declines.

Death rates also fell by 2 percent during that period. But breast cancer rates have remained steady for both blacks and young women, the organization said.

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For women over the age of 50, breast cancer rates fell more sharply at 4.8 percent a year since 2001, according to the American Cancer Society.