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Breast Cancer: Years of Potential Life Lost Rates by Race/Ethnicity, Female

New York Finger Lakes Region

The rates of premature mortality from breast cancer have declined for both white and black women over the past 15 years, although the disparity has grown a bit larger. The volume of breast cancer deaths among the regional Latina population is too small to analyze.

 

Methodology note: Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a widely used measure to assess the rate of premature mortality. YPLL places a larger weight on the deaths of younger people, in contrast with overall mortality statistics which are dominated by deaths of the elderly. The YPLL rates in Common Ground Health analyses are derived using 75 years as the baseline. A death at age 65 has YPLL of 10, where as a death at age 35 has a YPLL of 40. The rates are calculated per 100,000 population and are age-sex adjusted to account for differences in population distribution.

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