Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality are Not Driven by Estrogen Receptor Status Alone – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Black women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher probability of dying from the disease than white women.
Menashe: We know that in the last 20 years breast cancer mortality rates are higher in black women than in white women.
Narrator: Dr. Idan Menashe (EE-dahn MEN-e-shay) is with the National Cancer Institute.
Menashe: Two major factors have been suggested to contribute to this racial disparity. The first one is differences in access to care. The second factor is the biological differences between these two populations.
Narrator: A recent study examined the rate ratios between black and white women for incidence, morality and hazard rate, as well as by estrogen receptor. For details on the study, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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