African-American Women and Breast Cancer Risk | Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH

February 25, 2015 3:43 PM

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African-American Women and Breast Cancer Risk | Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH

Each year during the month of February we celebrate Black History Month, which marks the celebration of achievements by African Americans. In contrast to the recognitions and ceremonies of the month, however, we continue to face a troubling health statistic: African-American women have lower breast cancer survival rates than white women.

According to the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2013-2014 report, African-American women experience a higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40 and are more likely to die from the disease at every age. In fact, by 2010, breast cancer death rates were 41 percent ...

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