Breast Cancer and Black Women
Incidence: Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a slightly lower rate than white women. However, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age and with aggressive tumors.
Mortality: Black women have a 40% higher mortality rate from breast cancer than white women. This disparity has remained consistent over the past few decades.
Age: Young Black women under the age of 35 have breast cancer rates that are two times higher than white women of the same age.
Late-stage diagnosis: Black women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage when the disease is more advanced and less treatable.
Triple-negative breast cancer: Black women have a higher incidence of triple-negative breast cancer, a subtype that is particularly aggressive and difficult to treat.