African American Women Breast Cancer Statistics

An estimated 20,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women, and 5,700 of them are expected to die with the disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among this ethnic group, surpassed only by lung cancer.

The breast cancer death rate remains higher among African American women than white women despite a lower incidence rate. African American women five-year survival rate of breast cancer is 74%, compared to white women of 88%. Scientists are not sure why breast cancer affects African American women and white women differently. The incidence of breast cancer among women under 45 is higher for African American women compared to white women, however, the risk of breast cancer for all women increases with age. African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with larger tumors and more advanced stages of breast cancer despite a lower incidence rate.