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Special Monthly Spotlight: Breast Cancer Disparity Highlights

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Hispanic Heritage Month

In October, CRCHD joins the rest of the nation in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – Oct 15).

In the United States, women from diverse racial and ethnic groups continue to suffer from breast cancer disparities.  African American and Hispanic/Latino women, in particular, experience a great burden from breast cancer (in incidence and mortality) compared to the general female population in the U.S. For example:

  • African American women diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to survive five years after diagnosis (their survival rate is 71% compared to 81% survival rate of non-Hispanic White women).
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic and Latino women.


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Current Features

New! Director's Corner: Working Together to End Cancer Health Disparities - October 6, 2014

The National Cancer Program: A Plan and Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2013

Read more about this description of NCI's Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal and broad research programs that address a wide range of cancers and their underlying biological properties

2013 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer: Excerpts on Cancer Health Disparities

CRCHD is pleased to provide cancer health disparities-related statistics excerpted from the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

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Updated: 10/20/14