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"Aggressive Breast Cancers More Likely to Hit Black and Younger Women" - Linda Carroll

  • Reuters Online
  • New York, NY
  • (July 09, 2019)

Black and younger women face elevated risks of developing breast cancers that are not only aggressive but also less responsive to treatment, according to new study published in Cancer. Researchers found that non-Hispanic black women were more than twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed with so-called triple-negative breast cancers, while women under 40 were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with the aggressive cancer as those aged 50 to 64. According to Charles Shapiro, MD, director of translational breast cancer research and cancer survivorship, at The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai “This is one of the larger, if not the largest, so far.” He added, “Another striking thing is triple-negative breast cancer was thought to be 15 percent of the total but this study found it was 8.4 percent.”

— Charles Shapiro, MD, Director, Translational Breast Cancer Research, Director, Cancer Survivorship, Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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