DefinitionIncidence rate of invasive breast cancer in females for a defined population in a specified time interval. Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Standard Population. Rates are per 100,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of new cases of breast cancer in females among a defined population in a specified time interval.
DenominatorDefined population in a specified time interval.
Why Is This Important?In New Jersey, 7,584 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women, after lung cancer.
How Are We Doing?Between 1990 and 2015, the average age-adjusted breast cancer rate in females was 135.2 per 100,000. During the same time period, the age-adjusted breast cancer rate for women age 50 and older decreased from 397.6 cases to 356.6 cases per 100,000. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 833 for men.
What Is Being Done?A Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan was developed by the Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey which aims to reduce the incidence, illness and death due to cancer among New Jersey residents. [https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ncccp/ccc_plans.htm]