Experts have discovered that the breast cancer survival rate for Black women is affected by socioeconomic factors and a quicker rate of metastasis. These factors play a role in the higher death rate from breast cancer for Black women.
Researchers worldwide are studying why Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.
In the past, experts have discovered that breast cancer tends to be diagnosed later in Black women due to less access to healthcare services.
However, researchers also noted that breast cancer also seems to metastasize more quickly in Black women.
Some experts say socioeconomic factors also need to be taken into consideration.
Sometimes, Black women are so busy taking care of everybody else that they don’t take care of themselves. Then, when they get to a doctor, not only do they learn they have breast cancer, but there’s a spot on their skin, spine, or brain.
Many Black women with cancer are from low-income households in communities without much access to healthcare.
A new study looked at why breast cancer is often far deadlier for Black women than white women.
Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City began their study by looking at data about racial disparities in breast cancer. More white women get breast cancer, but Black women are 40 percent more likely to die from it.
Some scientists attribute those stats to Black women getting a diagnosis at a later stage in the disease, but the team of Mount Sinai researchers said there might be more than one explanation for the disparity.
The Mount Sinai study was released at the yearly meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The researchers found that