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Young black women have more aggressive breast cancers than white women

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:13
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Breast tumours grow faster and are more aggressive in young black women than young white women, says new US research.

    For various social, economic, and cultural reasons breast cancer in African American women is diagnosed at a later stage than in white women, and African American women have poorer survival rates.

    Tumours from 124 African American women and 397 white women aged 20 to 54 years in Atlanta, Georgia, were examined for the full array of proteins that control how quickly a cancer cell divides (Cancer 2004;100:2533-42).

    Nearly one in …

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