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Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test May Be Less Accurate for Black Patients
Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Test Less Accurate for Blacks - National Cancer Institute
White women and Black women have the highest incidence of breast cancer rate of new breast cancer cases overall [ ]. American Indian and Alaska Native women have the lowest incidence see Figure 2. The lifetime risk of breast cancer for women in the U. However, this risk varies by race and ethnic group. One reason behind differences in breast cancer rates may be that the prevalence rates of some risk factors for breast cancer vary by race and ethnic group [ 10 ]. Known risk factors that vary by race and ethnicity include [ ]:. For example, white women are more likely than women of some other ethnicities including Black and Hispanic women to have children at a later age, to have fewer children and to use menopausal hormone therapy [ 10,,, ].
Risk factors for breast cancer in black women
For decades, scientists have debated whether hair dyes frequently used by women might contribute to cancer. The research has been mixed and inconclusive, but now government investigators have turned up a disturbing new possibility. Black women who regularly used permanent dyes to color their hair were 60 percent more likely to develop breast cancer , compared to black women who did not report using dye, according to an analysis published this week in The International Journal of Cancer.
In the United States, breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed among women after non-melanoma skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than , new cases of invasive breast cancer and 49, new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States. While there has been an overall 40 percent decline in breast cancer deaths over the last 30 years—thanks to gains in awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment—there is a persistent mortality gap between Black women and white women. Data compiled by the American Cancer Society highlight the need to continue working toward closing this devastating gap.