Breast Cancer Awareness- More Than HairTuesday, September 04, 2012
The statistics of incidences of breast cancer in the black population by contrast to the white population are staggering.
- Breast cancer is the most common malignancy affecting women in the UK
- 45,000 women are diagnosed with the disease annually.
- While the majority of cases are presented and diagnosed in good time, around 20-30 per cent of women with symptoms of breast cancer wait three months before consulting their GP.
- Research has shown that although the incidence of breast cancer is lower in women of black African and black Caribbean ancestry, when they are diagnosed it is often at a more advanced stage and they have worse survival rates than white British women.
- Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet have the highest cancer death rate
- Black women have a lower 5 year survival rate at 77% compared to that of 90% for white women
- A significant number of black women develop a more aggressive form of breast cancer.
- Black women are less at risk of developing breast cancer but for those that do develop breast cancer the outlook is worse than their white counterparts.
I am happy that the problem is being addressed but a little dismayed as to why has it has taken so long to even realise there was a problem at all.
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September 9th, 2012
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