Black Women and Breast Cancer

October 5, 2015

Black women less likely to get breast cancer, but more likely to die from it

African-American women are less likely to get breast cancer than white, Asian and Latina women, but once diagnosed with breast cancer, they are more likely to die from it.

According to the American Cancer Society, the number of women dying from breast cancer has steadily declined since 1990, thanks to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

However, a 2008 study found that death rates among African-American women with breast cancer stopped declining in 26 states and, nationwide, there is a widening gap in the survival rate of breast cancer among African Americans versus white, Asian and Latina women.