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Monday, October 29, 2012 - 6:04pm
Black women appear to have a more difficult time than white women recovering from breast cancer. Doctors at the Harvard school of public health followed nearly 20,000 women with stage 1 to stage 3 breast cancer over nearly 7 years. Non-hispanic black women had a 48%t higher risk for breast cancer death in the first three years after diagnosis compared to white patients. The difference was most striking for those with estrogen receptor-positive tumors. Those cancers are often considered treatable. More studies are being conducted to determine exactly why.