According to new research, 50% of African-American women are more likely to die from Breast Cancer compared to white women within the first three years of being diagnosed with the disease, says researcher Erica Warner, ScD, MPD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Warner presented the study at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on cancer health disparities in San Diego.
As to why this group’s fatality statistic is over and above all others groups including in the study, there is no clear answer as of yet, nevertheless African-American women must continue to place a high priority on vigilant care if they’re going to have any chance of increasing their survival rate. Asian women in comparison to white or Afro-Americans had estrogen receptor-positive tumor. These are usually more treatable than other types.
White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. However, in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer. A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
According the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States 1 in 8 woman (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women, and 39,510 woman died from breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. Genes are particles in cells, contained in chromosomes, and made of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA contains the instructions for building proteins. And proteins control the structure and function of all the cells that make up your body.
Overweight and obese women — defined as having a BMI (body mass index) over 25 — have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Being overweight also can increase the risk of the breast cancer coming back (recurrence) in women who have had the disease.
This higher risk is because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.
Depending on where you live and work, you’re likely to be exposed to many plastic products every day. Food and beverage containers, some disposable plates, and toiletry bottles are all plastic and all are made from chemicals. Research suggests that all plastics may leak chemicals if they’re scratched or heated. Research also strongly suggests that at certain exposure levels, some of the chemicals in these products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), may cause cancer in people.
How to reduce exposure to BPA:
While it’s likely impossible to completely avoid all plastic products, try to use as little plastic as possible, especially if you’re pregnant, and never use it around food.
• Carry your own glass, steel, or ceramic water bottle filled with filtered tap water.
• Reduce how much canned food you eat and how much canned formula your baby uses.
• Use baby bottles with labels that say “BPA free.”
• Avoid handling carbonless copy cash register receipts.
• Look closely at plastics with a number 7 recycling symbol on the bottom. If the plastic doesn’t also say “PLA” or have a leaf symbol on it, it may contain BPA. See the chart below for more information on plastic types.
To reduce your exposure to other chemicals in plastics:
• Don’t cook food in plastic containers or use roasting/steaming bags.
• Use glass, porcelain, enamel-covered metal, or stainless steel pots, pans, and containers for food and beverages
• Plastics with recycling symbol 2, 4, and 5 are generally considered OK to use
• Recycling symbol 1 is also OK