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Breast cancer more likely to reoccur in black women

"Black women at greater breast cancer risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. The warning follows a new UK study that found that young black women (under 41 years of age) had worse breast cancer outcomes compared with young white women...

"Black women at greater breast cancer risk," The Daily Telegraph reports.

The warning follows a new UK study that found that young black women (under 41 years of age) had worse breast cancer outcomes compared with young white women.

The study confirmed previous research that showed that black women tend to have more aggressive tumours. It also found that breast cancer was more likely to reoccur in black women.

In general, young black women had poorer relapse-free survival compared with young white women, even after the researchers adjusted their findings for factors such as body mass index, tumour size and whether the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes.

There were no significant differences in overall survival or breast cancer reoccurrence between white and Asian women.

Further research is needed to understand why black women had poorer outcomes, and what can be done to improve their chances. The researchers speculate that there could be both genetic and social factors involved, citing, for example, that immigrant women may be less likely to register with a GP.

 

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