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How does breast cancer affect Black women?

Black females are more likely to receive a diagnosis at a later stage. Photo: Pexels

(Veronica Zambon/ Medical News Today) –– Breast cancer can affect Black women differently. They are more likely to develop aggressive strains of breast cancer and are less likely to have successful treatment of the condition due to healthcare inequities.

Although non-Hispanic Black females have lower incidence rates of developing breast cancer than non-Hispanic white females, they have a higher mortality rate.

Breast cancer mortality rates are approximately 40% higher for Black females than for white females.

Moreover, the ACS note that non-Hispanic Black females have higher incidence rates compared with white females before the age of 40. In addition, they are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age. (…)