News | Mammography | March 31, 2017

Breast Cancer Deaths Continue Yearly Decline Following Screening Introduction

New data analysis shows nearly 275,000 breast cancer deaths have been averted since 1990, attributed to increased mammographic screening and improved therapies

breast cancer deaths, mammography screening, ACR, yearly decline
breast cancer, mortality rates, ACR, American College of Radiology

March 31, 2017 — A recent analysis of newly added 2014 data to the National Cancer Institute SEER database by R. Edward Hendrick, Ph.D., shows that the breast cancer death rate has now fallen 38 percent since 1990. This downward trend follows the increased use of mammography screening beginning in the mid-1980s. This decline amounts to 274,765 breast cancer deaths averted since 1990 — including 22,054 in 2014 alone.  

In 1990, 73.8 women per 100,000 women died of breast cancer. The newly-added 2014 SEER data shows that figure has dropped to 45.9 breast cancer deaths per 100,000 women. Prior to 1990, the breast cancer death rate had remained virtually unchanged since death rates were first recorded by SEER in 1969.

Regular mammography screening and improved therapies are undoubtedly responsible for the decline in breast cancer deaths, according to the research authors. Mammography can detect cancer early when it is most treatable and can be treated less invasively. This also helps preserve quality of life.

study published in Cancer showed that more than 70 percent of the women who died from breast cancer in their 40's at Harvard teaching hospitals were among the 20 percent of women who were not being screened. A study in the British Medical Journal shows that early detection of breast cancer — as with mammography — significantly improves breast cancer survival.

Major American medical organizations with expertise in breast cancer care, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) continue to recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40.

For more information: www.mammographysaveslives.org

Related Content

Nebraska Enacts Cheri's Law for Breast Density Reporting
News | Breast Density | April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017 — Nebraska Gov.
New Clinical Data on Xoft System Presented at American Brachytherapy Society Annual Meeting
News | Brachytherapy Systems, Women's Healthcare | April 20, 2017
iCAD Inc. announced that updated clinical data on the use of intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) using the Xoft...
Kentucky and Iowa Enact Breast Density Reporting Legislation
News | Breast Density | April 14, 2017
Kentucky and Iowa both this week joined the ranks of states with laws requiring mammography facilities to inform...
News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017 — IDS recently announced Women’s Imaging Associates, a premier teleradiology firm located in Birmingha
News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | April 12, 2017
Theraclion announced results of a study evaluating the long-term assessment of breast fibroadenoma (benign tumor)...
Study Finds Breast Cancer Rates Increasing Among Asian Americans
News | Women's Health | April 12, 2017
In contrast to other U.S. racial/ethnic groups, Asian Americans have experienced steadily increasing breast cancer...
Parascript and Volpara Establish Partnership for Improved Early Cancer Detection
News | Computer-Aided Detection Software | April 11, 2017
Parascript LLC announced a new partnership with Volpara Solutions, creator of Volpara Density automated breast density...
Feature | Mammography | April 11, 2017 | By Michael N. Linver, M.D., FACR, FSBI
The ongoing attacks directed against screening mammography remain a source of bitter disappointment for those of us who...
Colorado, fibroglandular breast density, reporting bill, mammography, breast cancer
News | Breast Density | April 06, 2017
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Dense Breast Tissue Reporting Bill (SB17-142) on April 6, adding to the...
Siemens Healthineers, High Definition Breast Tomosynthesis, FDA approval, Mammomat Inspiration, DBT, mammography, SBI, RSNA 2017
Technology | Mammography | April 05, 2017
Siemens Healthineers announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved High Definition Breast...
Overlay Init