In the past 20 years, breast cancer death rates have dropped dramatically. According to the latest government statistics, breast cancer deaths decreased by 34 percent between 1990 and 2011 and experts believe that number has continued to drop over the past 4 years. Why the decrease?
Researchers say death rates from breast cancer have declined due to better treatment, greater awareness, and more women getting mammograms. New medicines in the past 20 years, such as targeted chemotherapy and Tamoxifen, have contributed to increasing breast cancer survival. Today, there is an increasing trend toward individualized medicine as doctors learn more about tumors and the effectiveness of personalized medicine. Additionally in the past 20 years, more women are becoming aware of the disease and are going to the doctors when something seems suspicious. Many are hopeful that this downward trend will continue and even more women will survive a breast cancer diagnosis.