The Next Generation of Breast Cancer Detection

Breast cancer death rate is 42% higher for African Americans

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is on the rise in the African American community. Although the report states it is growing at only 4% per year the study is alarming when you compare the death statistics.

The disparity in breast cancer death rates has increased over time, by 2012 death rates were 42% higher in black women than white women. The authors of the report say that trend is expected to continue.

Black women are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be diagnosed at later stages and have the lowest survival at each state of diagnosis. The solution? Early detection for all women, so spread the word.

Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society:

Prevention and Early Detection

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • exercise which will lower your risk by up to 25%
  • limit alcohol consumption to 1 drink a day
  • Don't smoke
  • Have yearly mammograms by age 45 or earlier