Black women have a higher risk of breast cancer than white women

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 Author: Roger Dobson Abergavenny

Black women in Britain develop breast cancer up to 21 years earlier than white women. They are seen at a median age of 46-four years before routine NHS screening for the disease starts-compared with 67 for white women, according to the first published data on breast cancer presentation in black women (British Journal of Cancer; doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604174). Among women with smaller tumours (less than 2 cm), black women were nearly three times as likely to die of their disease (hazard ratio 2.90, 95% CI 0.98 to 8.60, P=0.05).  Read the complete article in the BMJ.