Study shows why breast cancer is more effective in African American women
Aug 17, 2011
New breakthrough breast cancer news came with a recent study, which was conducted by the Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center, that found why African American women are more prone to harder-to-treat and more aggressive breast cancer.
The researchers found that giving birth to two or more children and did not breastfeed, have a highly likelihood of developing estrogen and progesterone receptor negative (ER-/PR-) cancers.
"The higher incidence of ER-/PR- breast cancer in African American women may be explained in part by their higher parity and lower prevalence of breastfeeding relative to white women," said Julie Palmer, the lead author of the study. "Our results, taken together with recent results from studies of triple negative and basal-like breast cancer, suggest that breastfeeding can reduce risk of developing the aggressive, difficult-to-treat breast cancers that disproportionately affect African American women."
According to the Susan G. Komen organization, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during their life. It is recommended that once women turn 40 years old, that they ensure they make their yearly mammogram appointment in hopes of catching the disease at its earliest stages.