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New CDC Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. Although breast cancer death rates declined in the past two decades with half of the decrease due to better screening and high-quality treatment, not all women have benefited from these improvements and breast cancer disparities continue, according to a recent Vital Signs study.
Proven strategies can reduce the disparities. Health care providers, nurses, and others who treat patients can ensure that all women in their care get the tests and treatments they need. Women must also take direct care of their health by talking with their doctors to learn more about breast cancer and when to get a mammogram.
“Although we are making progress reducing deaths from breast cancer, we have much work to do to reduce preventable deaths, particularly among African-American women. Only when every woman receives adequate screening, timely follow-up, and high-quality treatment, will the full benefit of breast cancer screening be achieved.”
-CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2012) : "Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity — United States, 2005-2009 | PDF [3.63MB]
- Press Release: Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity PDF [1.46 MB]
- Vital Signs: Home | Vital Signs Fact Sheet PDF [2.54 MB] | November 2012 Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Severity | Issues
- Breast Cancer Telebriefing transcript- November 14, 2012 PDF [1.94 MB]
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Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
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