Close to the chest

Black women and breast cancer

There's a disparity in the 5-year survival rates of black and white women, but not because of genetics—and the reason goes back to their initial diagnosis, creating a marked difference between the two demographics. Black women have a 12.9% less chance of surviving 5 years after diagnosis, versus their white counterparts. According to the data, black women are diagnosed later, in worse health, meaning when the treatment is administered, it is less effective.

Read it at CBS News

July 25, 2013 1:38 PM