Study: Breast Cancer More Deadly for Black Women

Black women are significantly more likely to die from breast cancer compared to white women after being diagnosed, new research finds.

“This difference was greatest in the first three years after diagnosis,” study author Erica Warner, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass., said in a press release

The study, presented this week at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Boston, involved 19,480 women who were treated for stage one to three breast cancer between January 2000 and December 2007. The researchers looked for breast cancer deaths among 634 Asian women, 1,291 Hispanic women, 1,500 non-Hispanic black women and 16,055 non-Hispanic white women.