Late-stage breast cancer more prevalent in black women than white: study

Late-stage breast cancer more prevalent in black women than white: study

The advanced stage of the deadly disease of breast cancer is more prevalent among black/African and Caribbean women than white breast cancer patients in England, a new study by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England revealed.

A team of experts analyzed data from previous studies and found that late-stage breast cancer disease in nearly 25 per cent of black African and 22 per cent of black Caribbean women. On the other hand, only 13 per cent of the white breast cancer patients were found to have the late-stage of the disease.

Experts blamed several reasons for the problem, low awareness and in sufficient screening. The Cancer Research UK pointed out that said black and Caribbean women are less likely than the whites to go for a mammogram when advised by the NHS.

Heather Nelson, of BME Cancer Voice, said, "Women, especially women of colour, are less likely to go for screening . There's no representation of South Asian, African descent et cetera. If you get information like that, you're going to look and think, 'That's not about me.'"

The NHS offers breast screening or mammogram to all women in England aged 50-70. Now, the agency is planning to extend the service to some women aged 47-73.

Study authors suggested that lumps are not the only indication of possible breast cancer. Women should immediately see a doctor in case they notice nipple discharge or changes in the colour or shape of their breasts.