“Why Is There a Black-White Gap in Breast Cancer Mortality?” By Anita Little, Ms. Magazine Blog

Race, class and gender snake their way into practically everything, and all of these identities come to a critical head with black women and breast cancer. In the past 25 years, the gap between the percentage of African American women and white women who die from breast cancer has only grown wider, with black women dying at higher rates, according to a study published in 2008. Though there has been a marginal decline in breast cancer mortality overall, the decrease has occurred at a much faster pace for white women than their black counterparts. This statistic is a major riddle, since the occurrence of breast cancer is actually lower in black women. However, breast cancer tends to be more aggressive and deadly in African American women.

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