More Black Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
White women still have the highest rates of breast cancer; statistics show black women's numbers are on the rise.
In the United States, women of age 40 and older who are of white descent have the highest risk and rate of breast cancer. The gap, though, between black and white women's diagnoses is coming to a close as more black women are becoming victims, as well, according to American Cancer Society.
With 127 cases per 100,000 being white women, 118 per 100,000 are black women.
"This convergence of rates is being driven by steady rates among white women and a slow increase in recent years among African-American women," said Carol DeSantis, epidemiologist.
Death, though, via breast cancer, is more common in black women than white according to A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. With 30.8 per 100,000 deaths being black women, 22.7 per 100,000 are white, with reasons unknown at this time.
Dr. Stephanie Bernik of surgical oncology suggested the reason may be socioeconomic status and treatment options.
Are you surprised by these new statistics regarding breast cancer in black women?