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In this section, access cutting-edge news about breast cancer in African-Americans including treatment updates, emerging therapies, study results and other medical and quality-of-life issues important to you.

Black Women Are Least Likely Group to Be Diagnosed With Stage I Breast Cancer

A study looked at hundreds of thousands of women with a history of breast cancer. It found that how likely a woman was to be diagnosed with stage I breast cancer varied depending on her race or ethnicity. Women of Japanese descent were most likely to be diagnosed at stage I. The risk levels of Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women and of women of other Asian descent fell in the middle. Black women were the least likely to be diagnosed with stage I disease.

Obesity, Extensive Surgery and Removal of Many Lymph Nodes Put Women With Breast Cancer at Higher Risk for Lymphedema

A study that followed women diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s for about a decade found several factors influenced their risk of developing lymphedema. These included age, race, weight, stage of cancer and types of treatment given.

African-American Women Less Likely to Begin Hormonal Therapy Than White Women

Researchers found that a high number of African-American women don’t start taking hormonal therapy within the first year after a hormone-positive breast cancer diagnosis. These results may partly explain why African-American women have worse breast cancer outcomes than white women.

Women Not Getting Enough Exercise After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers found only about a third of women are exercising enough after being diagnosed with breast cancer. They say women, especially African-Americans, should be given more information from their healthcare teams about the benefits of exercise.

Better Access to Surgery Information May Improve Reconstruction Decision Making

An article published in JAMA Surgery suggests that even while some state laws are mandating changes in the way doctors discuss the safety of breast implants and the pros and cons of having immediate or delayed reconstruction, gaps in education still remain.

When Looking at Older Women, Researchers See Links Between Frailty, Race and Failing to Start Hormonal Therapy

A study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found most older women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer follow their doctors’ orders to begin hormonal therapy. But those numbers are not as high when looking at non-white women and those deemed “frail.”

Researchers Find 25 Percent of Women With Breast Cancer Attribute Financial Problems to the Disease

According to new research, a large percentage of women with breast cancer say the disease and its treatment costs have caused their financial situation to get worse, often leading to serious hardships. This is especially true for black and Latina women.

African-Americans More Likely to Stop Working During Early Breast Cancer Treatment, Study Suggests

African-American women were more likely to stop working during the first 2 months of breast cancer treatment compared with non-Hispanic white peers, an analysis found. The study, published in Journal of Cancer Survivorship, assessed racial differences in quality of life and employment after breast cancer diagnosis.

ASCO Releases Updated Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Guidelines

The American Society of Clinical Oncology published updates to their 2005 guidelines for use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in early-stage breast cancer. The guidelines, based on the review of 9 randomized clinical trials and 13 cohort studies, reflect what ASCO believes are best practices in using the biopsy.

Study Suggests What May Influence Black Women’s Breast Cancer-Related Distress

Trust in medical care received, age, and positive attitude are factors that may affect risk for anxiety or depression among black women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, researchers found. 

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