In 30 Years, the American Breast Cancer Death Rate Dropped 42%

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The International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon poured over statistics stemming from all over the world from 1987 and 2013 that were collected by the World Health Organization. ABC 13 writes that the new data suggests that in “39 of the 47 countries they studied, breast cancer death rates have dropped drastically in the past three decades.” These statistics are a wealth of good news for those who are impacted by this life encompassing disease.

While England and Wales have the largest death rate decline at 46 percent, America saw a hopeful 42 percent drop. According to NY Mag, the lead author of the study, Cécile Pizot, explained that by comparing the mortality rate of different countries, one can “identify which health care systems have been the most efficient at reducing breast cancer mortality.”

Though one statistic is perplexing. South Korea saw a death rate increase, yet they maintain fewer deaths than the United States. The study says South Korea has “5.3 deaths per 100,000 women, as compared to 14 per 100,000 in the U.S.”

Further research will need to be conducted in order to understand the differing risk factors from country to country as well as the level of medical care that every citizen can receive. This will help officials draw more meaningful conclusions that could help propel us toward a continuous sharp decline of breast cancer deaths.