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Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women. An estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women. Among younger women (under age 45), however, the mortality rate of breast cancer is higher in African Americans than in whites.
Breast cancers diagnosed in African American women are more likely to have factors associated with poor prognosis, such as higher grade, advanced stage, and negative hormone (estrogen [ER] and progesterone [PR]) receptor status, than those diagnosed in white women. 30 – 32 Furthermore, premenopausal African American women in particular appear to have a higher risk for triple-negative (ER negative, PR negative, and human epidermal growth factor receptor [HER] 2 negative) and basal-like breast cancers, which are distinct but overlapping aggressive subtypes of breast cancer that are associated with shorter survival. 30,33 Studies have shown that certain reproductive patterns that are more common among African American women (including giving birth to more than one child, younger age at menarche, early age at first pregnancy ), may be associated with increased risk of aggressive subtypes of breast cancer. Make sure you read up and do preventatives so if you feel anything you can catch it early!