Amid the breast cancer deaths rising unabated in developed countries like the US, a new survey says, the cancer of breasts will take lives of an estimated 6,080 black women in the United States in 2013.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in three will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime in the US as an estimated 27,060 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur in 2013.
Scientists say, it is the second most common cause of cancer death among black women after the lung cancer.
Notably, black women are less likely than white women to develop breast cancer, but ironically, their death rate is 41 percent higher, according to the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Lewis Jones, mammographer and director of breast imaging at McLaren Greater Lansing Breast Care Center, says there are several reasons behind the irony. She says, “One of the reasons is that black women, in general, tend to present late to the doctors when they have problems with their breasts. A lot of them feel, that well, it will probably go away.”
The average age that white women develop breast cancer is 62 and for black women it is 57 or 58, according to Jones.
The key to fight against this deadly disease is early diagnosis. Presenting the disease at a later stage means when they are diagnosed, the disease is more severe, and more apt to have spread to the lymph nodes, which makes it hard to cure, expert say.
In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a recommendation that all American women without a family history of breast cancer receive a mammogram every two years between the ages of 50 and 74.
Follow these tips to reduce breast cancer risk
• Avoid weight gain and obesity
• Engage in regular physical activity
• Minimize alcohol intake
• Eat healthy
• Don’t smoke