Trends in Breast Cancer Survival by Race-Ethnicity in Florida, 1990-2015

Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Jul;30(7):1408-1415. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-20-1746.


Background: This study was conducted to evaluate trends in survival, by race-ethnicity, for women diagnosed with breast cancer in Florida over a 26-year period.

Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in Florida between 1990 and 2015. Data were obtained from the Florida Cancer Data System. Women in the study were categorized according to race (white/black) and Hispanic ethnicity (yes/no). Cumulative incidence estimates of 5- and 10-year breast cancer-related death with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were obtained by race-ethnicity, according to diagnosis year. Subdistribution hazard models were used to obtain subdistribution HRs (sHR) for the relative rate of breast cancer death accounting for competing causes.

Results: Breast cancer mortality decreased for all racial-ethnic groups, and racial-ethnic minorities had greater absolute and relative improvement for nearly all metrics compared with non-Hispanic white (NHW) women. However, for the most recent time period (2010-2015), black women still experienced significant survival disparities with non-Hispanic black (NHB) women, having twice the rate of 5-year [sHR = 2.04; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.91-2.19] and 10-year (sHR = 2.02; 95% CI, 1.89-2.16) breast cancer-related death. Adjustment for covariates substantially reduced the excess rate of breast cancer-related death for black women.

Conclusions: Despite efforts to improve disparities in breast cancer outcomes for underserved women in Florida, black women continue to experience significant survival disparities.

Impact: These results highlight the need for targeted approaches to eliminate disparities in breast cancer survival for black women.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • Breast Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Female
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Survival Analysis
  • Vulnerable Populations / statistics & numerical data
  • White People / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult