US Facts

Source: Oct 2018 Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP)

A US woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is 1 in 8.

Breast cancer has the highest mortality rate of any cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 59.

African American women have a 31% breast cancer mortality rate – the highest of any U.S. racial or ethnic group.

Among women younger than 45, breast cancer incidence is higher among African American women than white women.

Younger women in general, and younger African American women in particular, are more likely to present with the triplenegative subtype of the disease, a subtype that is both more aggressive and associated with a higher mortality.

Over the past 20 years, despite the universal drop in mortality rates, we have seen a rise in the incidence of breast cancer in African American women. In particular, disparities between mortality rates for white and black women have grown significantly. The mortality rate for black women diagnosed with breast cancer is 42% higher than the comparable rate for white women. Triple negative breast cancer is diagnosed more often in American women of African descent than in those of European descent in the United States.

How Beauty Plays a Role

These products are often marketed to black women yet contain some of the most worrisome ingredients in cosmetics:

  • Skin lighteners
  • Hair relaxers
  • Brazilian blowout treatments
  • Acrylic nails

Important Articles

All Black Women in United States May Not Have Same Risk for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Survival Rates Continue to Drop, but Black Women have Far Worse Chance of Survival


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