In today’s society, most people know that a pink ribbon represents the fight against breast cancer. Thankfully, the latest government statistics have shown a significant decrease in the number of deaths caused by breast cancer within the last twenty years.
“In the 1990s, there was this huge push to screen women with mammography, to reach women who didn’t have access,” said Thomas Tucker, director of the Kentucky Cancer Registry, to USA Today.
Between 1990 and 2011, a 34 percent decrease was recorded, and experts believe the trend has continued in the last four years. Better treatment, greater awareness, and an uptick in mammograms translate to what the American Cancer Society estimates is more than 200,000 averted deaths.
“It’s fantastic,” said Schanie, a 39-year-old survivor and founder of a support group in Louisville. “Even in my own little world, I’ve noticed that we have so many in our group who are surviving.”
Learn more about breast cancer survival rates in “Breast cancer deaths drop dramatically over 20 years” on USA Today.