Color of Breast Cancer: Are Black and White Women Different?

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By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com

One of the many mysteries surrounding breast cancer is why black women and white women have different experiences with the disease. A possible explanation for why blacks and whites are different has been discovered by experts at the North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and being presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

The color of breast cancer
In the United States, there are significant differences in the rates of new cases of and deaths from breast cancer among women. The highest number of new cases of breast cancer occur among white women, at 123.5 per 100,000, compared with 113.0 per 100,000 among black women.

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