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Medical News and Perspectives
October 8, 2003

Breast Cancer Racial Gap Examined

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1838-1842. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1838

Washington, DC—The problem is clear: white women diagnosed as having breast cancer tend to outlive black women with the disease. The dynamics driving this disparity, however, are much cloudier.

According to a recent report, breast cancer mortality rates decreased 2.5% a year for white women during the 1990s. In contrast, mortality rates decreased only 1% a year for black women (J Natl Cancer Inst. 2003;95:1276-1299).

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