Breast Cancer: Fall in Annual Incidence

December 15, 2006

SAN ANTONIO -- The annual incidence of breast cancer has fallen drastically, coinciding with the end of the hormone replacement therapy era, according to SEER data from the National Cancer Institute. After a steady rise during the past 20 years, the incidence dropped 7% from 2002 to 2003, reported investigators at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The absolute reduction could be as many as 14,000 breast cancer cases per year.

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 14 -- The annual incidence of breast cancer has fallen drastically, coinciding with the end of the hormone replacement therapy era, according to SEER data from the National Cancer Institute. After a steady rise during the past 20 years, the incidence dropped 7% from 2002 to 2003, reported investigators at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The absolute reduction could be as many as 14,000 breast cancer cases per year.