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Health Indicator Report of Breast Cancer Incidence

Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in U.S. women (except for basal and squamous cell skin cancers) and the leading cause of female cancer related death in Utah. If the tumor is found early enough, the risk of death can be lowered. Clinical trials and observational studies have demonstrated that routine screening with mammography can reduce breast cancer mortality by about 20% for women of average risk.^1^ Although the exact causes of breast cancer are unknown, we do know that certain risk factors are linked to the disease. Some of these risk factors include sex, age, socioeconomic 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.[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. Myers ER, Moorman P, Gierisch JM, et al. Benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. ''JAMA''. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13183.

Breast Cancer Incidence Rate by Year, Utah and U.S., 1999-2015


Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 population. [[br]] ^ ^*U.S. data available only through 2014

Data Sources

  • The cancer data was provided by the Utah Cancer Registry, which is funded by contract HHSN2612013000171 from the National Cancer Institute's SEER Program with additional support from the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah
  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2016
  • U.S. Cancer Statistics: WONDER Online Database. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute. Accessed at []


The rate of breast cancer incidence (ICD-10 code C50) in Utah or U.S. per 100,000 females.


The number of breast cancer cases among Utah or U.S. women for a specific time period (ICD-9: 174 and ICD-10: C50).


The female population of Utah or U.S. for a specific time period.

Healthy People Objective C-11:

Reduce late-stage female breast cancer
U.S. Target: 42.1 new cases per 100,000 females

Other Objectives

CSTE Chronic Disease Indicators Utah Cancer Action Network Targets for Change:[[br]] Reduce the rate of breast cancer diagnosed at an advanced (regional or distant) stage among women ages 40 to 74.[[br]] '''Utah 2020 Target:''' 80 per 100,000 women

How Are We Doing?

Utah's age-adjusted breast cancer incidence rate has not significantly changed for the past ten years.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Throughout the years, the Utah female breast cancer incidence rate has been consistently lower than the U.S. female breast cancer rate. For years 2010-2014 (the most recent available data) the U.S. breast cancer age-adjusted incidence rate was 123.5 per 100,000 women compared with the Utah rate of 114.7 per 100,000 women.^1^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. National Cancer Institute. (2017). State Cancer Profiles: Utah. Accessed on December 20, 2017 from [].

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) distributes free mammography vouchers to women who receive a clinical breast exam at a UCCP sponsored clinic and meet age and income guidelines. In addition, the UCCP initiated the Utah Cancer Action Network, a statewide partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden of cancer. The mission of the UCAN is to lower cancer incidence and mortality in Utah through collaborative efforts directed toward cancer prevention and control. As a result of this planning process, objectives and strategies have been developed by community partners regarding the early detection of cervical, testicular, prostate, skin, breast, and colorectal cancers as well as the promotion of physical activity, healthy eating habits, and smoking cessation.

Available Services

The Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) provides free to low cost clinical breast exams and mammograms to women who meet age and income guidelines. Eligible women with abnormal screening exams are offered diagnostic evaluation by participating providers. Beginning July 1, 2001, the UCCP is able to refer Utah women in need of treatment for breast and cervical cancers for full Medicaid benefits. The women must meet all requirements as outlined in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act.

Health Program Information

In 1976, the UDOH received a cervical cancer grant from the National Cancer Institute. In 1980, the UDOH began providing clinical breast exams and Pap tests on a sliding fee scale. In 1993, state funding was appropriated for mammography. That same year the UCCP first received a capacity building grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct breast and cervical cancer screening in Utah. A comprehensive grant was awarded to the program in 1994 to continue breast and cervical cancer screening. Since 1994, the UCCP and partners, including local health departments, mammography facilities, pathology laboratories, and private providers, have worked together to ensure the appropriate and timely provision of clinical services. The UCCP continues to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for breast and cervical cancer screening. Additionally, the UCCP receives funding to implement comprehensive cancer control strategies that were identified by the Utah Cancer Action Network statewide partnership.
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