Indicator Report - Breast Cancer Incidence
Why Is This Important?Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in U.S. women (excluding basal and squamous cell skin cancers) and the leading cause of female cancer death in Utah. Deaths from breast cancer can be substantially reduced if the tumor is discovered at an early stage. Clinical trials have demonstrated that routine screening with mammography can reduce breast cancer deaths by 20% to 30% in women aged 50 to 69 years (1-6), and by about 17% in women aged 40 to 49 years (7,8).
It is not known exactly what causes breast cancer, but we do know that certain risk factors are linked to the disease. Some of these risk factors include age, socio-economic status, exposure to ionizing radiation, family history, alcohol, and hormonal influence. Some studies indicate that environmental contaminants such as benzene and organic solvents can cause mammary tumors, but clear links have not been established.
Data NotesICD-10 code C50 also includes male breast cancer. Rates were comparability modified, but because there are so few male breast cancer incidents, this was not believed to have introduced any noticeable statistical artifacts into the rates. Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. Asian grouping includes Pacific Islanders.
Data SourcesPopulation Estimates: Utah Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. The cancer data was provided by the Utah Cancer Registry, which is funded by contract N01-PC-35141 from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program with additional support from the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah.
DefinitionThe rate of breast cancer incidence (ICD-10 code C50) in Utah or U.S. per 100,000 females.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 07/31/2012, Published on 08/27/2012