For the first time, breast cancer rates among black women have reached the same level as among white women.
Black women historically have had a lower rate of breast cancer than the rate among white women. This new benchmark is especially troublesome because black women have had a higher mortality rate from breast cancer than women of other races. The higher mortality rate can be attributed to a variety of factors, including accessibility of care, cultural distrust of doctors, or lack of insurance coverage.
Black women are also more susceptible to a form of breast cancer called “Triple Negative Breast cancer.” This type of cancer is more deadly in part because there is no specific treatment for it. Triple Negative Breast Cancer shows up in 22 percent of black breast cancer patients, while it only appears in 11 percent of white breast cancer patients.
These facts about the rising rate of breast cancer among black women should be cause for alarm, with the intent of calling for more education among black communities for women to receive regular breast cancer screenings, and a call for the medical community to focus on Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
To read the full study, released by the American Cancer Society, click here.