What are the racial predilections of breast cancer?

Updated: Dec 27, 2019
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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In the United States, the incidence of breast cancer is higher in non-Hispanic whites than in women of other racial and ethnic groups. Among women younger than 40 years, African Americans have a higher incidence. In addition, a larger proportion of African-American women are diagnosed with larger, advanced-stage tumors (>5 cm) and are more likely to die of breast cancer at every age. [69]

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer rates per 100,000 among women from various racial and ethnic groups are as follows [69] :

  • Non-Hispanic white: 128.7

  • Non-Hispanic black: 125.5

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: 100.7

  • Hispanic/Latina: 91.9

  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 90.7


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