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African American women have higher breast cancer death rates

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Compared to white women -- black women appear to have higher death rates the first several years after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health followed nearly 20-thousand women with stage 1 to stage 3 breast cancer over about 7 years.

Non-Hispanic black women had a 48-percent higher risk for breast cancer death in the first 3 years after diagnosis compared to white patients.

The difference was most striking for those with estrogen receptor-positive tumors. Those cancers are often considered treatable.

-Study led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and scheduled for presentation at an AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities

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