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Comparison by Race and to Other Cancers

Comparison by race [ACS, 2011-2012]

  • 5 yr African-American survivor rate is 78% vs Caucasian rate of 90%
  • Incidence higher in blacks before age 40 and higher in whites after age 40
  • Higher black mortality at any age

Comparison of Breast Cancer to other cancers for women [ACS, 2009]

  • Most common cancer diagnosis in US women (other than skin cancer ) 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in 2008; Higher incidence rate than lung cancer
  • 2nd leading cause of death by cancer among women after lung cancer
  • Leading cause of death by cancer for the 20-59 year age group
  • Leading cause of cancer death for women worldwide