Quick Facts about Women of Color and breast cancer:
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women and Latinas.
- In 2013, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 27,060 new cases of breast cancer in African American women and 17,100 new cases in Latinas.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in African American women and leading cause of cancer death in Latinas.
- ACS reported African American women had a 39% higher death rate from breast cancer than Caucasian women, despite African American women having a 6% lower incidence rate. Latinas are 20% more likely to die from breast cancer than Caucasians, despite having a significantly lower incidence rate.
- African American women have the highest incidence rate of breast cancer under the age 45, Caucasians are the most diagnosed over the age of 45.
- A breast cancer diagnosis in African American women and Latinas is typically at an earlier age, later stage (only 51% at stage 1), and are often more aggressive than in Caucasian women.
- Latinas have the second lowest mammography rate, second only to Asian America women.
- Asian American women have the lowest incidence rate of breast cancer.
- Asian American women have the highest 5-year survival rate when diagnosed with breast cancer.