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 more than 1,200 lives annually.
NotesThis is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-3.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html]
- Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
- Population Estimates, [https://www.nj.gov/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
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
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 18.9 for the total population, 19.6 among Whites, 26.1 among Blacks, 11.1 among Hispanics, and 10.2 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 37% between 2000 and 2020 and currently stands at 19.6 per 100,000. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians. Healthy NJ 2020 targets were met by most racial/ethnic groups by the middle of the decade, so revised targets were set for the remainder of the decade. The revised targets for Blacks and Asians were achieved.
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, since 2014, the rates for New Jersey and the U.S. have been nearly 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/basic_info/screening.htm ^1^]
Available ServicesThe [http://www.nj.gov/health/ces/public/resources/njceed.shtml New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program] provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast cancer.
Page Content Updated On 08/03/2023, Published on 08/03/2023