Basketball Wives stars Tami and Evelyn recently headed to the doctor for mammograms as a practice of what all women should be doing to prevent breast cancer…particularly Black women, who are more likely to die from it.
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk).It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.
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In 2010, African American women were 10% less likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer, however, they were almost 40% more likely to die from breast cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white women – which is why most breast experts recommend that Black women start their baseline mammograms beginning at age 35.
What Causes It?