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Health Indicator Report of Incidence of Late-Stage Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women.[ ^1^] Female breast cancer diagnosed at later stages is harder to treat and is consistent with higher mortality.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-11. Data for White, Black, and Asian/PI do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race. *NJ 2020 data are considered preliminary and should not be used in trend analyses; an approximate 10% decrease in the number of cancer cases diagnosed in 2020 compared to 2019, is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients experienced difficulties scheduling medical appointments and cancer screening tests in 2020.


Age-adjusted incidence rate of breast cancer diagnosed at a late stage in females per 100,000 standard population. * ICD-O-3 codes: C50.0-C50.9 (excl. types 9590-9992) * Late stage = regional (Stage 2-5) and distant (Stage 7)


Number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed at the regional or distant stage among females


Total number of females in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce late-stage female breast cancer

U.S. Target: 42.1 new cases per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
State Target: 43.7 new cases per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-11''': Reduce the age-adjusted incidence rate of late-stage female breast cancer per 100,000 female population to 43.7 for the total population, 43.3 among Whites, 48.9 among Blacks, 35.7 among Hispanics, and (revised) 30.1 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

The original Healthy New Jersey 2020 targets were achieved by all subgroups. Additional years of data will be needed to determine if the decline in rates in 2020 was solely due to decreased screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.[ ^1^]

Available Services

The [ New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection] (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast cancer.

Health Program Information

NJDOH cancer resources: []
Page Content Updated On 02/16/2023, Published on 07/06/2023
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