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October 20, 2017

Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among women in New Jersey and it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths. White women in the state had the highest rates of breast cancer between 2009 and 2013, while black women had the highest breast cancer mortality rates. The lowest incidence of breast cancer and the lowest mortality rates were among New Jersey Asian and Pacific Islanders.

As this is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several agencies in the state Department of Health are driving efforts to raise awareness of the disease and to educate New Jerseyans about the importance of early screening. “Regular screenings are important in detecting cancer early and getting the most effective treatment,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said, adding that the state’s cancer survival rates continue to improve.

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