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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women in New Jersey, claiming about 1,300 lives annually.

Notes

This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-3.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [http://wonder.cdc.gov/cmf-icd10.html]
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Definition

Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the female breast as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 code: C50

Numerator

Number of deaths among females due to breast cancer

Denominator

Total number of females in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the female breast cancer death rate

U.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 Practices

Getting 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^]

Available Services

The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast cancer. [http://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml]
Page Content Updated On 09/30/2019, Published on 09/30/2019
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