Health officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a special report released Wednesday that black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other ethnic group.
“Black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at lower rates than white women, and yet [blacks] have higher death rates,” CDC deputy director Ileana Arias said.
Dr. Marcus Plescia, director of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, added, “Fewer black women receive surgery, radiation and other treatments they need, compared to whites,” he said. “Deaths rates could be reduced 20 percent if the same treatment was received by both groups of women.”
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