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“One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002,” says Dr. April L. Speed, CEO and owner of Just Breast, LLC. “These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.” Many experts believe that another factor influencing these numbers could be prenatal hormone levels. “Diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen, was widely used by pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s. Women who took the drug had an increased risk of breast cancer.”

The death rate for men has decreased this much per year since 2000


Dr. Lynn Baxter, a radiologist affiliated with Northside Hospital, says, “Stage for stage, the death rate for men is equal to that of women,” and in most stages, they’re both seeing a downward trend.

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The number of local health care organizations who receive grants from Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. “Locally, Komen Atlanta has raised more than $38 million since our inception nearly 25 years ago,” says Cati Diamond Stone, executive director of Komen’s Atlanta chapter.


The number of The American Cancer Society’s currently active research grants related to breast cancer. Evelyn Barella, a communications specialist with the American Cancer Society, says, “During 2013, we awarded $16.9 million in breast cancer research and training grants, and an additional $4.4 million on other reproductive women’s cancers.”

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