In 2017, there were estimated to be around 68,000 cases of invasive breast cancer among women aged 60 to 69 years, with an additional 17,550 in situ cases. The rate of breast cancer in the U.S. is higher among non-Hispanic white women than among any other race or ethnicity, yet the mortality rate from breast cancer is highest among non-Hispanic black women. Deaths from breast cancer have decreased since the early 1990s, with a rate of 20.3 deaths per 100,000 population in the year 2015. Although breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among U.S. women, cancer of the lung and bronchus causes the most cancer-related deaths among this population.
Treatment of breast cancer depends on the type and stage at diagnosis, but common treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. The most common type of treatment for early stage female breast cancer in 2013 was a combination of breast-conserving surgery and radiation therapy. Survival rates for breast cancer are some of the highest among the different cancer types, with 91 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. An important measure for early detection and treatment are breast cancer screenings. The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that women aged 50 to 74 years receive a mammogram every two years. However, in 2015, only 64.3 percent of women aged 50 to 74 years with public health insurance reported receiving a mammogram within the past two years, compared to 76.7 percent of those with private insurance.