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Genetic Variant Lowers Breast Cancer Risk for Some Latina Women

Research suggests that a genetic variant in some Latina women may reduce breast cancer risk by 40% to 80%.

Oct 31, 2014 | Ethnicity and Risk Factors
New Genetic Abnormalities Linked to Breast Cancer in Black Families

A study has discovered DNA abnormalities shared by Black family members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These abnormalities could lead to the discovery of gene mutations linked to breast cancer that are unique to Blacks.

Feb 17, 2015 | Risk Factors and Ethnicity
Specific Cell Actions May Help Explain Differences in Outcomes Between Black and White Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

A study suggests that estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer cells in Black women have a very strong survival mechanism, which may be part of the reason why Black women have worse breast cancer survival rates than white women.

Apr 29, 2015 | Ethnicity
Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Raise Risk

A new meta-analysis confirms a link between both smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke and an increase in breast cancer risk.

Apr 24, 2009 | Ethnicity, Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Young Women Should Have Surgery Within 6 Weeks of Diagnosis

A study has found that young women who wait longer than 6 weeks to have breast cancer surgery have worse survival than young women who have surgery earlier.

Black Women Less Likely to Have Genetic Testing Than White Women, but Not Because They See Different Doctors

Many oncologists and surgeons are less likely to recommend genetic testing to Black women.

Black Women With Advanced-Stage Disease Less Likely to Get Certain Supportive Care Medicines Than White Women

Research suggests that Black women diagnosed with stage IV disease are less likely to receive antidepressants and sleep aids than white women.

2017 Breast Cancer Statistics Show Survival Rates Improving

A new American Cancer Society report says that the number of women who died from breast cancer dropped about 40% in the past 25 years, which translates into more than 322,000 lives saved during that time period.

Oct 17, 2017 | Ethnicity
Can Eating Soy as a Child Reduce Risk?

Eating soy as a child seems to offer breast cancer protection, but there are lifestyle factors to consider.

Nov 14, 2006 | Ethnicity, Risk Factors and Nutrition
Open Discussion About Breast Cancer Family History Leads to Better Understanding of Genetic Testing

If a family openly discusses breast cancer and who in the family has been diagnosed, then the women in the family know more about genetic counseling and testing and are more likely to use these services if they're appropriate.

Study Suggests Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer Risk Factors for Young Black Women

A study suggests that Black women younger than 45 may have a higher risk of hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer if they have three or more children, never breastfeed, or have more abdominal fat.

Nov 10, 2016 | Risk Factors and Ethnicity
Some Latina Women Feel Overloaded With Information After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

The largest study to date of how Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer rate their treatment options suggests that doctors and patients need to communicate better and work as partners to make treatment decisions.

Apr 18, 2017 | Ethnicity
Study Estimates Ashkenazi Jewish Women's Risk of Having Mutations Other Than BRCA1 and BRCA2

Research suggests that comprehensive genetic testing for Ashkenazi Jewish women, rather than only testing for the three BRCA1 or BRCA2 founder mutations, would help prevent breast cancer in this high-risk population.

Black Women More Likely To Develop Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Treatment Than White Women

A study suggests Black women are about 3.5 times more likely to develop lymphedema than white women.

Many Breast Cancers in Sub-Saharan Africa Not Detected Until They're Advanced-Stage

Most breast cancers in Cote d'Ivoire and the Republic of Congo are already advanced-stage at diagnosis.

Sep 30, 2015 | Ethnicity
Better Support During Radiation Treatment Improves Breast and Lung Cancer Survival Rates for Black and White Women

Identifying and offering solutions for obstacles that kept people from completing radiation therapy for early-stage breast and lung cancer improved outcomes and seemed to eliminate the difference in survival rates between Black and white people.

Risk of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Nearly Three Times Higher for Black Women Than for White Women

Black women are 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer than white women, according to a study of risk factors in more than 198,000 women.

Oct 12, 2021 | Risk Factors and Ethnicity
Follow-Up Care of Latina Breast Cancer Survivors Needs Improvement

Latina women who've been diagnosed with breast cancer are likely to experience many gaps in care after breast cancer treatment is completed.

Jan 5, 2017 | Diagnosis, Surgery and Ethnicity
Minority Women Less Likely to Have Immediate Breast Reconstruction

White women are 24% more likely to have immediate reconstruction than Black women; 26% more likely than Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American women; and 19% more likely than Hispanic women.

Nov 1, 2017 | Surgery, Reconstruction and Ethnicity
Surgery After Chemo and Radiation May Benefit Some Women

Age at surgery may contribute to African American women's higher risk of dying from breast cancer.

Minority Women More Likely to Develop Aggressive Disease Than Whites

Minority women, especially Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women, are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced stage breast cancer as well as receive treatment below the standard of care.

Nov 3, 2015 | Ethnicity
More Asian Women Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Breast cancer rates are increasing among women, especially younger women, living in Asian countries.

Sep 28, 2007 | Ethnicity
Advanced-Stage Cancer Survival Rates in Black Women Lag

Research continues to show that Black women with advanced breast cancer aren't faring as well as white women.

Jun 4, 2007 | Ethnicity and Diagnosis
Black Women, Women Living in Poverty Less Likely to Recognize Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening, So They Don't Take Advantage of Patient Navigation for Optimal Care

Women who need patient navigation interventions the most are less likely to report barriers to optimal breast cancer screening care.

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