U.S. breast cancer mortality will be an estimated 25.3 per 100,000 females in 2017, with the highest state rates in the East and the lowest in the West and Midwest.

Approximately 40,600 breast cancer deaths are predicted for the year in the United States by the American Cancer Society in its Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, based on 2000-2014 data from the National Center for Health Statistics. With the U.S. population currently around 321 million, that works out to a completely unadjusted death rate of 25.3 per 100,000 women. Doing a little more math puts the highest death rate (29.8) in West Virginia and the lowest (18.8) in Utah.

The incidence rate for female breast cancer was 123.3 per 100,000 for 2009-2013, with that figure age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population, according to data from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the ACS reported.

Wyoming had the lowest incidence over that time period (109.6 per 100,000), and New Hampshire had the highest at 138.1. Utah had the fifth-lowest incidence in that period at 112.7, but West Virginia, the state with the highest estimated mortality for 2017, had a relatively low incidence of 114.4 in 2009-2013, the ACS said.

rfranki@frontlinemedcom.com

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