Do you know African American women who avoid getting mammograms because they may:
- Be scared of breast cancer?
- Feel they are too busy?
- Believe breast cancer won’t happen to them?
Did you know?
- Between the ages of 25 and 40, African American women are more likely than White women to get breast cancer.
- After the age of 40, African American women are less likely than White women to get breast cancer.
- However, African American women are almost 40% more likely to die from breast cancer, as compared to White women. In fact, African American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer.
- This difference can be attributed to both later stage at detection and poorer stage-specific response to treatment. Aggressive tumor characteristics associated with poorer prognosis appear to be more common in African American women and may also contribute to lower survival rates. Early detection and primary prevention are important elements in addressing breast health in a comprehensive manner.
We encourage you to view and share this video with your staff and patients.