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
Vastag B. Breast Cancer Racial Gap Examined. JAMA. 2003;290(14):1838-1842. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1838