African-Americans and Breast Cancer: The Numbers Behind It All

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Racial Disparities in Mortality

Between 2003 and 2007, African-American women had a 39 percent higher death rate than white women, despite showing a lower incidence rate. Researchers attribute this to socioeconomic differences that would prevent access to clinical breast exams and treatment as well as differences in the more aggressive forms of breast cancer some African-American women are at higher risk of developing. (Source: American Cancer Society)

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