Greater risk of 2nd breast cancer in black women

September 21, 2011 4:38:58 AM PDT
There appears to be a higher risk of second breast cancers seen in African-American women.

A study from Georgetown University finds black women who develop breast cancer are more likely than white women to suffer a second cancer in the other breast.

Also, those who are diagnosed under age 45 are more likely to get a primary breast cancer of a more aggressive form.

Scientists say when the disease occurs in blacks early on it tends to be more aggressive, more likely to be estrogen receptor negative, and it is more likely to cause death. They add, this should alert physicians to watch these patients very carefully.

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