Black and Hispanic female survivors of breast cancer experience higher death rates than White women after being diagnosed with a second primary cancer. In a study of nearly 40,000 adult survivors of breast cancer, the risk of death from a second cancer was 12 percent among Black survivors and 8 percent higher among Hispanic survivors compared with White survivors.
Survivors in racial and ethnic minorities were diagnosed with second cancers up to six years younger than White survivors, and within a shorter time from their first cancer. Additionally, Black survivors had a 44 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease-related death after a second cancer diagnosis than White survivors.
- See “Black, Hispanic survivors of breast cancer have higher death rates from second cancers” on the EurekAlert! website (June 9, 2023)
- See the abstract of the scientific paper “Racial and ethnic disparities in mortality among breast cancer survivors after a second malignancy” by Zhengyi Deng et al.