Triple-negative breast cancer risk may be higher for black women, regardless of age and weight. The triple-negative form of breast cancer is extremely aggressive and difficult to treat. How much more at risk are black women, and what should they do with this information?
Apparently, independent of age and weight, it is three times more common for this aggressive form of cancer to strike black women as opposed to white women, according to researchers at the Boston University Medical Center.
Black women are at a lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to their white peers according the BU Medical Center study. The problem comes when cancers are diagnosed at a higher stage. The later the diagnosis of the cancer is, the worse the prognosis and the higher the risk of the disease recurring. The full results of the study can be found here.
What does all of this mean? Perhaps the most important thing to remember is regular screening, regardless of ethnicity. Though the study only looked at 415 women in the hospital's database is acknowledged as a small sample size, it does warrant further study. It would be great to find a cure to breast cancer. This study should lead to further research that helps narrow down specific risk factors for aggressive forms of cancer.