The 411 on African-Americans and Breast Cancer

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Early Detection

Women between the ages of 20 and 39 should have a clinical breast exam every three years, while women over 40 should have a clinical exam every year. Since the 1990s, early detection has helped decrease the overall breast cancer mortality rate in women, though that decline has been slower in African-American women than in whites. (Source: American Cancer Society) 

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