Breast cancer death rates are higher among black women

 

From 1989 to 2015, deaths from breast cancer, the most common form cancer among U.S. women except for skin cancers, decreased 39 percent but non-Hispanic black women die from breast cancer at a 39 percent higher rate than non-Hispanic white women, the American Cancer Society reported Tuesday.

In 2017, the American Cancer Society said there would be approximately 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,610 women would die from the disease.

Black women have a higher breast cancer incidence rate before the age of 40 but lower rates at 65 to 84 years. Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age, the American Cancer Society reported. By state, excess death rates in black women ranged from 20 percent in Nevada to 66 percent in Louisiana.

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