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During ASCO’s annual meeting in June, BCRF investigator Dr. Daniel Hayes, spoke of the challenges and urgency in ending disparities in cancer outcomes.

Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the U.S., and is second only to lung cancer in cancer-related deaths.

Cancer is a complicated disease and person’s risk and outcome after a cancer diagnosis is based on multiple factors from individual risk, to response to treatment,  to quality of life after treatment (often referred to as survivorship).

Disparities in breast cancer outcomes among African American women compared to Caucasians and other minorities are well established. While the incidence of breast cancer is comparable between the two groups, African American women are more likely to die from their disease than white women.

Breakthroughs in early detection, treatment and care have extended lives and the quality of life for many breast cancer patients. Not everyone, however, benefits equally from these medical advances.

Identifying high-risk individuals is key to preventing breast cancer

Over the last 20 years, there has been a major problem in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care: While overall mortality rates have improved by more than 30%, the bad news is that black women are still more likely to die from the disease than white women—and the disparity is growing in so

A major challenge in identifying ways to improve breast health is lack of participation in clinical trials.