Monday, October 29, 2012
Black women have a 47% higher rate of death during the first three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer
At seven years after the initial diagnosis, black women had a 48% higher risk for breast cancer death in the first three years after diagnosis compared with non-Hispanic white women. After three years, non-Hispanic black women had a 34% increased risk for breast cancer-specific mortality. Black women were more likely to die from estrogen receptor-positive tumors. Estrogen receptor-positive tumors are the most treatable form of breast cancer that has the greatest potential for recovery overall.