Black, Hispanic, American Indian, and some Asian women were less likely than White women to be diagnosed with breast cancer when it was in the early stage, according to a study of about 842,000 U.S. women diagnosed from 2000 to 2017.
And when breast cancer was diagnosed at an early-stage, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander and Black women were more likely than White women to die from the cancer. For women with a late-stage diagnosis, the disparity was greatest for Black women, who had 18% higher mortality than White women.
- See “Racial and ethnic disparities persist for early-stage breast cancer detection and survival” from the MD Anderson Research Highlights on newswise.com (May 4, 2022)
- See the abstract of the scientific study “A Contemporary Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diagnosis of Early-Stage Breast Cancer and Stage-Specific Survival by Molecular Subtype” by Kristin M. Primm et al.