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.
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.