Racial Gap In Breast Cancer Diagnoses Has Closed

For decades, breast cancer has been less common in black women than white women, yet killed black women at a higher rate. One of those gaps has finally closed. Unfortunately for black women, it's the first one. A new report suggests black and white women are now being diagnosed with breast cancer at the same rate, because diagnoses have grown more common in black women while the white rate has leveled off. Meanwhile, the death gap actually widened. Researchers say they aren't exactly sure why, though they note that higher proportions of black women are diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and with a particularly aggressive form of the disease. Researchers add that in the South at least, black women tend to have more additional health problems at the time they're diagnosed.


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