Health officials in the United States have reported that breast cancer death rates are still on the decline thanks to improved care and advocacy. Although a racial gap still exists between black women and white women in terms of death rates from breast cancer, that gap is closing, especially among the younger generation (under 50).
More education, more cancer screening, and better treatment were all cited as reasons for the continued decline in breast cancer death rates in the U.S. Although access to care has increased, the numbers are not yet available to reflect how that has improved death rates. Researchers expect those to play into numbers over the next decade.
The CDC calls for better personalized treatments and more access to screening.
The Centers for Disease Control says that treatments personalized to the patient and better access to breast cancer screening for people of all ages and income will further improve breast cancer death rates. Women who know their family history of breast cancer, are physically active, maintain a healthy diet, and receive recommended cancer screenings are more likely to survive breast cancer, should it come, than are women who do not do these things.
The American Cancer Society recommends annual breast cancer screenings (mammograms) starting at age 40.