Cant' African Americans get a break? Here is another example of how cancer hits African American's harder than most…



Nov. 10, 2012 — African-American women may be more likely to die of breast cancer than women of other races, especially in the frist few years after diagnosis, according to new research.

As to why, thare are no clear answers yet, b ut the emphasis on vigilant care is clear for African-American women.

"Black women were almost 50% more likely to die compared to white women within the first three years since breast cancer was diagnosised," says researcher Ereica Warner, ScD, MPH, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

That higher risk of death was driven by African-American women who had estrogen receptors-positive tumors, she found.  There tumors are usually more treatable than other types.

Asian women, in comparision to whites or African-American, had lower risk of dying of breast cancer, she found.

Warner presented the study the year at the American Assoication for Cancer Research conference health disparities in San Diego…

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