Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer deaths among African American women. This year alone, an estimated 19,540 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women, and about 6,000 deaths are expected to occur. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, African American women who get breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white women and are less likely to survive for five years after diagnosis.
Why is death from breast cancer more prevalent among African American women than Caucasians?
Studies suggest that this disparity is due to African American women being diagnosed with breast cancer at a later stage, and receiving treatment later after diagnosis. When not detected early enough, breast cancer leads to poor survival rates from the disease, and in turn, needless loss of loved ones.