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Editorial
October 21, 2019

Maximizing the Outcomes of Breast Cancer Prevention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 21, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.4666

Cancer mortality in the United States has declined by about 1.5% per year since 1999.1,2 Patients with most of the common solid tumors have experienced decreased mortality risk over this period, including those with breast cancer, in whom mortality fell by 1.8% per year between 1998 and 2016.2 Although there is much to celebrate in these statistics, there is still a long way to go. Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death among US women, with an estimated 42 000 deaths in 2018. At this rate, it would take 80 years for breast cancer mortality to fall to less than 10 000 women per year.

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