The state Department of Health recently published a new monograph on breast cancer in South Dakota. Screenings (a mammogram within the two preceding years) among women age 40 and older exceed the 2010 goal of 70 percent. However the rate has been above that target for a decade and remains on a plateau between 70 and 80 percent.
Among the report’s findings:
From 2002 to 2006 there was an average of 531 new cases of invasive breast cancer cases diagnosed among South Dakota female residents each year. Of those cases, 502 were white and 24 were American Indian.
An average of 109 female residents died from breast cancer annually from 2002 to 2006. Of that number, 104 were white and 5 were American Indian.