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CDC: African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer

November 16, 2012

African-American women have the highest death rates from breast cancer of all racial and ethnic groups and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week. The report said the same percentage of African-American women and white women received breast cancer screenings, but black women reported delays in follow-up care and treatments. "Although we are making progress reducing deaths from breast cancer, we have much work to do to reduce preventable deaths, particularly among African-American women," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D. "Only when every woman  receives adequate screening, timely follow-up, and high-quality treatment, will the full benefit of breast cancer screening be achieved."