African-American Women: Breast Cancer More Deadly?Oct. 28, 2012 -- African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the first few years after the diagnosis, according to new research.
As to why, there are no clear answers yet, but the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American women.
"Black women were almost 50% more likely to die compared to white women within the first three years since breast cancer was diagnosed," says researcher Erica Warner, ScD, MPH, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.
That higher risk of death was driven by African-American women who had estrogen receptor-positive tumors, she found. These tumors are usually more treatable than other types.
Asian women, in comparison to whites or African-Americans, had a lower risk of dying from breast cancer, she found.
Warner presented the study today at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on cancer health disparities in San Diego...
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