Racial disparities in breast cancer mortality
Cancer Breast Cancer racial disparity

Racial disparities in breast cancer mortality

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

In 10 seconds? Black females in the US are about 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than White females. A detailed analysis points to inequitable access to healthcare as the underlying cause.

What’s the story? In the US before 1980, Black women were slightly less likely to die of breast cancer than White women. In the last 40 years, however, the picture has drastically changed. While breast cancer mortality has dropped amongst both Black and White women since 1980, a stark disparity in mortality has emerged (27.7 vs. 20.0 per 100,000 women for Black and White females, respectively).  

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