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Breast Cancer Facts

Did you know?

  • An estimated 19,540 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women in 2009
  • The overall incidence rate of breast cancer is 10% lower in African American women than white women.
  • African American women have a five year survival rate of 77% after diagnosis as compared to 90% for white women.
  • The breast cancer mortality rate for African American women is 36% higher than white women
  • Breast cancer incidence rate among younger African American (under 40) is higher than white women.
  • Research shows that aggressive tumor characteristics are more common in African American women than white women.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death among African American women.

Source: American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for African American 2009-2010

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