Teens 4 Pink is an organization that provides information to African American women about breast cancer. The more you know about breast cancer as relates to African American women, the more evident it is that the Teens 4 Pink program is an important one. The facts below shed some light on this critical issue.
1 – Among African American women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer.
2 – Among African American women ages 34 and under, the breast cancer rate is two times higher than it is among Caucasian women in the same age group.
3 – Despite the fact that 1981 was 34 years ago and despite the advances in breast cancer treatment since that time, the death rate for African American and Caucasian women hasn’t been the same since that year. Statistics reveal that breast cancer fatalities among African American women have consistently been higher than in 1981 and have also consistently been significantly higher than deaths among Caucasian women, a group which has seen a decrease in the number of deaths caused by breast cancer.
4 – Within three years following a diagnosis of breast cancer, African American women are 50% more likely to die of the disease than Caucasian women. The following may help to provide an explanation for this startling statistic.
5 – The chance of beating cancer is much greater when it is detected early. Statistics show that nearly 1 in 4 African American women diagnosed with breast cancer did not learn that they had the disease until the cancer had already advanced to a later stage. The later the stage, the higher the mortality rate.