October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this is a great time to become better informed about breast cancer and black women. Below you will find several facts that you are welcome to share but most importantly keep close to your vest as you become more aware about your own health care.
- Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet have a higher breast cancer death rate.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women and in 2010, the CDC reported that breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for Black women aged 45–64 years.
- The breast cancer death rate for women aged 45–64 years was 60% higher for Black women than white women.
- Younger Black women up to age 44 have a higher incidence of breast cancer than white women.
- Black women are two times more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease which has fewer effective treatment options.
- We also are known to have denser breast, one of the strongest predictors of risk for breast cancer and also is a known factor limiting the sensitivity of a screening mammogram.
- For Black women who have been diagnosed at the earliest stage of breast cancer when the tumor is small and localized, early diagnosis can make a difference.
All of the above facts were pulled from a great, lengthy article, Surviving Breast Cancer through Early Detection and Diagnosis, by the Black Women’s Health Imperative that is based on a CDC report you can access here.