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Black women have a higher risk of breast cancer than white women

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:116
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Black women in Britain develop breast cancer up to 21 years earlier than white women. They are seen at a median age of 46—four years before routine NHS screening for the disease starts—compared with 67 for white women, according to the first published data on breast cancer presentation in black women (British Journal of Cancer; doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604174).

    Among women with smaller tumours (less than 2 cm), black women were nearly three times as likely to die of their disease (hazard ratio 2.90, 95% CI 0.98 to 8.60, P=0.05).

    “Our findings could have major implications for the biology of breast cancer and the detection and treatment of the disease in black …

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