Getting Around the Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Deaths.

Getting Around the Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Deaths.

To reduce a significant racial disparity in breast cancer mortality, experts suggest initiatives targeted at boosting Black patients’ participation in care are essential.

Over the past three decades, improvements in breast cancer identification and treatment have resulted in a 43% overall drop in the disease’s death rate, saving 460,000 lives.

That development, however, has left too many Black women behind. Despite having a lower incidence rate, they experience a 40% greater mortality rate from breast cancer than white women, and have the lowest five-year survival rate of any racial or ethnic group for practically every stage of diagnosis, according to the most recent data from the American Cancer Society.

Since 2011, the Black-White Mortality Gap’s magnitude has mostly stayed steady.

According to Rebecca Siegel, senior scientific director of surveillance research for the American Cancer Society and co-author of the group’s newly published study including the data, “all women of color are seeing these inequalities, but they do happen to be the widest for Black women.”

The COVID-19 epidemic has produced a gap in cancer screening, but researchers also think it’s important to address quality and access disparities that may be linked to differences in breast cancer outcomes.

Only 57% of black women between 2015 and 2019 received an early breast cancer diagnosis, compared to 68% of white women and 66% of all women. Black women are the racial and ethnic group with the lowest rate of early breast cancer diagnoses.

When the condition had progressed to the “remote” stage, when it may be found in other body parts including the lungs, liver, or bones, 6% of women overall were diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the ACS data, 8% of Black women had the condition when they were first diagnosed, compared between 5% and 6% of white women, 5% of Asian or Pacific Islander women, 5% of Hispanic women, and 7% of Alaska Native women.