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Incidence Of Breast Cancer Among Black Women Is Now Equal To That Of White Women, Report Indicates

The New York Times (10/30, Parker-Pope) “Well” blog reports that a new report from the American Cancer Society indicates that “for the first time, the incidence of breast cancer among black women is equal to that of white women.” The blog adds that although “it’s possible that a fraction of the rise could be attributed to earlier detection, that would not fully explain the trend because rates at which women are being screened for breast cancer have remained stable.”

The AP (10/30, Stobbe) reports that investigators found that “in 2012, the black and white rates converged at around 135 cases per 100,000 women.” Just “a decade earlier, the white rate was 132 and the black rate down at 124.” The findings were published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The NPR (10/30, Shute) “Shots” blog reports that the data indicated that “African-American women’s risk increased by 0.4 percent a year from 2008 through 2012, a much sharper increase than in earlier years.”

Newsweek (10/30, Firger) reports that while “the reasons for this shift aren’t clear,” the researchers “suggested lifestyle factors, especially the growing rates of obesity, may be a main contributor to this problem.” Also covering the story are the NBC News(10/30, Fox) website, Medscape (10/30, Mulcahy), and HealthDay (10/30, Preidt). 
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