According to Breast Cancer. Org, “Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone”.
”One theory is the decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk”. (U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics.)
From that statistics site, we also see that death rates for breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases.
These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
Due to studies like the ones we’ve reviewed in this article, the future for those with breast cancer-and other cancers, as well - seems much more encouraging.