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Hundreds of thousands of American women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Since approximately 1600 BC – the oldest known description of breast cancer – it has afflicted men and women alike. Other than lung cancer, breast cancer is responsible for more deaths in women than any other cancer.
Various cancer-study foundations and research organizations have been studying the mortality rate of breast cancer patients over the last 50 years, and particularly since the mid-1970s. While diagnoses tended to increase between 1975 and 1985 – fluctuating ever since – mortality rates have been slowly diminishing since the early 1990s, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The patient’s age and race/ethnicity has been found to trend toward higher and lower mortality rates after cancer diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, “Breast cancer incidence rates are higher in non-Hispanic white women than African American women for most age groups. However, African American women have a higher incidence rate before age 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.”
The following are the breast cancer mortality rate* by year dating back to 1999, according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Nearly 22 women in every 100,000 diagnosed died from breast cancer in 2010 (21.9 per 100,000).
- In 2009, 22.2 women in every 100,000 diagnosed with breast cancer died.
- For every 100,000 women diagnosed, 22.6 women died from breast cancer in 2008.
- Approximately 23 patients in every 100,000 diagnosed passed away in 2007.
- A rate of 23.6 in 100,000 patients died from breast cancer in 2006.
- 24.1 patients in each 100,000 diagnosed died in 2005.
- Deaths of breast cancer patients in 2004 numbered 24.5 in every 100,000.
- In 2003, approximately 25.3 breast cancer patients in every 100,000 diagnosed passed away from the disease.
- About 25.6 in every 100,000 breast cancer patients died in 2002.
- In each 100,000 breast cancer patients diagnosed, 26 died in 2001.
- More than 26 in every 100,000 breast cancer patients died in the year 2000 and also in 1999(26.6).
* Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.
The estimated deaths of breast cancer patients in 2014 are 40,000.
Although thousands of women (and men) die as a result of breast cancer each year, there is hope. The National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) catalogued the 5-year relative survival of female patients diagnosed with breast cancer from 1975 through 2006. In 1975, the 5-year relative survival rate for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer was 75.2 percent. By 2006, that rate increased to 90.6 percent.