Breast cancer on the rise among black women | Dallas Morning NewsBlack women have long been more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, but this frightening statistic was once tempered a bit because black women were less likely than whites to get breast cancer in the first place. No more. A new report from the American Cancer Society finds black women are just as likely to get breast cancer as their white neighbors, and they are 42 percent more likely to die of it. "From 1989 to 2012, breast cancer death rates have decreased by 36 percent; and, as a result, 249,000 U.S. breast cancer deaths have been averted during this time period," the American Cancer Society's Carol DeSantis and colleagues write in their report. "Widening racial disparities in breast cancer mortality are likely to continue, at least in the short term, in view of the increasing trends in breast cancer incidence rates in black women," DeSantis's team writes in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.The breast cancer death rate is 42 percent higher in blacks than in whites.
African-American women in the U.S. have reached a dubious milestone. For the first time, the incidence of breast cancer among black women is equal to that of white women, according to a sweeping new report from the American Cancer Society.
The finding is worrisome because breast cancer has historically been more deadly in black women than in white women, but at least it has not been as common. Now, as incidence rates equalize, data suggests that breast cancer will continue to exact a far greater toll on black women, and that the trend shows no sign of abating.
“It is a crisis,” said Marc Hurlbert, chief mission officer for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “The increasing incidence is unfortunate because the mortality rate for black women is already so much higher, and now if more women are getting breast cancer, then unfortunately, the number of black women dying from the disease will go up.”
Breast cancer now as common among black women as white
Breast cancer cases on a rise among African-American women
Breast cancer cases among African-American women are on the rise, according to a new report put out by the American Cancer Society on Thursday.
A background study in the United States had earlier reported that following a diagnosis of breast cancer, black women suffer from a higher fatality rate than white women, and are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancer.Lead author of the new report, Carol DeSantis of the American Cancer Society, stated that “It’s a terrible situation for black women.”
Comparing between black and white women, breast cancer has been less common in black women, yet killed black women at a higher rate. The new report stated that black and white women are now being diagnosed with breast cancer at the same rate. One reason for this is that the diagnoses have become more available to black women now while the white rate has leveled off.