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Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Survival Narrowed in Recent Decades

Breast cancer mortality has decreased for all racial and ethnic groups over the past three decades, and Black and Latino women have seen greater improvements in survival, according to new study of invasive breast cancer in Florida over a 26-year period. Nonetheless, Black women continue to have substantially higher breast cancer mortality than white women.

On a national level, Black women have been less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer over the past several decades, but they are diagnosed at a more advanced stage of disease, on average, leading to poorer outcomes. Over time, diagnoses among Black women have risen to nearly the same level as those of white women, likely due to targeted screening

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