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By: Amanda DeBard
Source: SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2016, 2019
Black women in the U.S. are more likely than any other
racial group to die from breast cancer. In fact, black women are 40 percent
more likely than white women to die from breast cancer.
Breast cancer is also the most common cancer among
African-American women. In 2019, about 33,840 new cases of breast cancer were
expected to occur among African-American women in the US.
Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer
death among Black/African-American women. In 2019, about 6,540 breast cancer
deaths were expected to occur among Black/African-American women. Compared to white
women, black women tend to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age.
The median age at diagnosis is 60 for black women and 63 for white women.
There are many possible reasons for the differences in
Susan G. Komen encourages all women to know their family
health history to understand their risk of developing the disease. In addition,
knowing how your breasts normally look and feel can help all women recognize
changes in their breasts, if they occur. Then, it is just as important to report
changes to their doctor.
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