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Breast Cancer Among Black Women in Boston

By Virginia DePina

In 2014, a study on racial disparities between Black and White breast cancer patients in the 50 largest U.S. cities published in the International Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Detection and Prevention, revealed that the disparity of breast cancer mortality has increased between races. For Black Perspectives Now, we are taking a closer look at breast cancer among African American women in Boston. Is the breast cancer rate among African American women in Boston higher than the national average? What factors contribute to the increase of cancer among African American women? Do African American women in Boston have any specific advantages or disadvantages in terms of health care for breast cancer?