Black Women Have Higher Breast Cancer Death Rate In 42 Out Of 43 Cities, New Study Finds

woman getting mammogramBreast cancer deaths are increasing for Black women, researchers say. In a new study released just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, investigators reveal a shocking link between the most common form of cancer found in women and their geographical location.

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According to the Avon Foundation funded study, which examined breast cancer deaths between 2010 and 2014 in 43 of the most populated U.S. cites, African-American women were nearly half – 43 percent– as likely to die from breast cancer than White women. Even more shocking, in 2006, findings noted a difference of only 39.7 percent.

Dr. Sheryl Grabam, Director of the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center, believes too many Black women are being diagnosed later when the cancer is harder to treat, according to a Fox5 Atlanta report.

In 2013, 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. While, 40,860 women and 464 men in the United States died from breast cancer, reports the CDC.

So, which U.S. cities topped the list with the largest breast cancer death disparities?