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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of deaths due to cancer among women in New Jersey, claiming about 1,300 lives annually.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective CA-3.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at []
  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, []


Deaths with malignant neoplasm (cancer) of the female breast as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 code: C50


Number of deaths among females due to breast cancer


Total number of females in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the female breast cancer death rate

U.S. Target: 20.7 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)
State Target: 23.5 deaths per 100,000 females (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective CA-3''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to female breast cancer per 100,000 standard female population to 23.5 for the total population, 24.7 among Whites, 28.6 among Blacks, 11.2 among Hispanics, and 10.9 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

Deaths due to breast cancer are on a slow decline with the age-adjusted rate nearing 20 per 100,000 females. The rate is highest among Blacks, followed in order by Whites, Hispanics, and Asians. The Healthy NJ 2020 target was met in 2012 among the total population and Whites and in 2016 among Asians. Blacks and Hispanics are expected to meet their targets by 2020.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The age-adjusted death rate due to breast cancer among New Jersey women is about the same as the U.S. rate.

Evidence-based Practices

Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that average-risk women who are 50 to 74 years old should have a screening mammogram every two years.[ ^1^]

Available Services

The New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) Program provides comprehensive outreach, education and screening services for breast cancer. []
Page Content Updated On 06/26/2018, Published on 06/26/2018
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Content updated: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 05:00:56 EDT