African American Lesbians Risk for Breast Cancer Under Estimated

By on Sunday, December 30th, 2007

A new report states that African American women’s risk for breast cancer is underestimated when compared to white women.  The formula that doctors use to calculate a woman’s risk of breast cancer underestimates the danger for black women most of the time and especially for those age 50 and older — the age when they are most likely to benefit from screening tests and protective drugs, according to the first major reassessment of the widely used tool. Malecare and our LGBT cancer project calls for research to determine the durability of these findings for Lesbian and Bisexual African American women.

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