DefinitionDeaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the female breast as the underlying cause of death.
ICD-10 code: C50
NumeratorNumber of deaths among females due to breast cancer
DenominatorTotal number of females in the population
Why Is This Important?Breast cancer is the second leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women in New Jersey, claiming about 1,300 lives annually.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the female breast cancer death rateU.S. Target: 20.7 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
State Target: 19.0 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
Other Objectives'''Revised Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-3''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to female breast cancer per 100,000 standard female population to 19.0 for the total population, 19.6 among Whites, 26.1 among Blacks, 11.1 among Hispanics, and 10.0 among Asians.
'''Original Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-3''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to female breast cancer per 100,000 standard female population to 23.5 for the total population, 24.7 among Whites, 28.6 among Blacks, 11.2 among Hispanics, and 10.9 among Asians.
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate due to breast cancer among New Jersey females declined 35% between 2000 and 2017 and currently stands at 20 per 100,000. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians.
Healthy NJ 2020 targets were met or nearly met by all racial/ethnic groups by the middle of the decade, so targets have been revised downward for the remainder of the decade.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The age-adjusted death rate due to breast cancer among New Jersey women has been declining more rapidly than the U.S. rate and in 2017 the rates for New Jersey and the U.S. were equal.
Evidence-based PracticesGetting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that average-risk women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.[https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/ ^1^]