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Racial Differences in Breast Cancer Incidence

MMWR; ePub 2016 Oct 14; Richardson, et al

Breast cancer incidence is equal for black and white women in the US, however, breast cancer mortality continues to be higher among black women compared with white women, according to a recent study. The report examined age-specific, black-white disparities in breast cancer incidence during 1999 to 2013 and mortality during 2000 to 2014 in the US. Findings included:

  • Breast cancer incidence is equal for black and white women in part because of incidence increasing among black women, particularly among those aged 60 to 79 years.
  • Compared with white women, breast cancer mortality continues to be higher among black women, with death rates decreasing faster among white women.
  • Conversely, among women aged <50 years, breast cancer death rates are decreasing at the same rate among black and white women.

Citation:

Richardson LC, Henley SJ, Miller JW, Massetti G, Thomas CC. Patterns and trends in age-specific black-white differences in breast cancer incidence and mortality—United States, 1999–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:1093–1098. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6540a1.