According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer and figures 2013-2014, African-American Women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a high incidence rate before 40 and more likely to die from the disease. In fact, breast cancer death rates is 41 percent higher in African-American women than in white women. One of the reasons could be the lack of medical coverage that could help with early detection and prevention.
Once diagnosed African-American are more likely to be at a advance stage. The type of tumor cells in African-American women tend to grow into a more rapid and aggressive cancer, which is often fatal.
What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast Cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cell of the breast. The female breast made up of mainly lobules (milk producing glands), and ducts (tiny tubes that carry the milk,) and stroma (fatty tissues). Cancer occurs when a group of Cancer cells grow (invade) surrounding tissue and spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. The disease does occur mostly in women but can also appear in men.
It's not clear what causes breast cancer but there are things that women can do to reduce the risk of developing the disease. These include maintaining a healthy boy weight, diet, and limiting alcohol intake. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor about genetic testing. Schedule regular breast exams and mammograms. If you are over 40, you should have annual mammograms. Recent study show as women age, so does the risk of getting breast cancer.
Women should also perform monthly breast self-examination. Women age 20 years or older should practice this every month. If you have reached menopause, set aside a day each month that's easy for you to remember your monthly examination. If you discover a suspicious lump contact your doctor as soon as possible.
For further information on breast cancer contact:
The American Cancer Society
PH: 800 ACS-2345