How do the mortality rates for breast cancer vary among racial and ethnic groups?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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According to the ACS, death rates per 100,000 from breast cancer among women from various racial and ethnic groups are as follows:

  • Non-Hispanic white: 20.8
  • Non-Hispanic black: 29.5
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 14.3
  • Hispanic/Latina: 14.2
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.3

Among US women from 2006 through 2015, breast cancer death rates declined annually by 2.6% in American Indians/Alaskan Natives, 1.8% in non-Hispanic whites, NHWs, 1.5% in non-Hispanic blacks, 1.4% in Hispanics, and 0.9% in Asians/Pacific islanders.  Breast cancer death rates in black women began to exceed those in white women in the early 1980s, and the disparity remains large; in 2015, breast cancer death rates were 39% higher in black women than white women. [67]

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