QuickStats: Percentage* of U.S. Women Aged 50–74 Years Who Have Ever Had Breast Cancer, by Race and Hispanic Origin§ — National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017

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The figure is a bar chart showing that during 2015–2017, 5.3% of U.S. women aged 50–74 years had ever been told they had breast cancer. Non-Hispanic white women were more likely to have ever been told they had breast cancer (6.1%) compared with Hispanic women (3.2%) and non-Hispanic black women (3.6%). There was no significant difference in the prevalence of breast cancer between Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on the questions “Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you had cancer or a malignancy of any kind?” and “What kind of cancer was it?”

§ Refers to persons who are of Hispanic or Latino origin and may be of any race or combination of races. “Non-Hispanic” refers to persons who are not of Hispanic or Latino origin, regardless of race.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey.

During 2015–2017, 5.3% of U.S. women aged 50–74 years had ever been told they had breast cancer. Non-Hispanic white women were more likely to have ever been told they had breast cancer (6.1%) compared with Hispanic women (3.2%) and non-Hispanic black women (3.6%). There was no significant difference in the prevalence of breast cancer between Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017 combined. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Tainya C. Clarke, PhD, TClarke@cdc.gov, 301-458-4155.


Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of U.S. Women Aged 50–74 Years Who Have Ever Had Breast Cancer, by Race and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, 2015–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:78. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6803a6External.

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