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Medical health experts have urged black women to embrace going for breast cancer earlier than their Caucasian counterparts, noting that a recent study has affirmed that it could help curb the incidence of breast cancer complications and deaths.

The physicians were reacting to a new study that suggested that black women were more prone to breast cancer than White women.

According to the physicians, the study has further confirmed that, itĀ  tends to be more aggressive hence the need for earlier screening to ensure better treatment outcomes.

The study, carried out by researchers from China, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway, analysed data on 415,277 women in the United States who died of cancer of the breastĀ  from 2011 to 2020.

That data on invasive of mortality rates came from the National Center for Health Statistics and was analysed with the National Cancer Instituteā€™s SEER statistical software.

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The study was published in the JAMA Network Open Journal. The guidelines which were put together by international researchers recommended that black women should screen for breast cancer at 42 instead of at 50.

Reacting to the study, the health experts noted that black women should even consider getting screened earlier than 42, noting for breast cancer for women should start from the age of 40 as against the age of 50 for their Caucasian counterparts.

The experts, a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the University of Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Leicester Cancer Research Centre, Dr. Olubukola Ayodele, and a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Founder, Dietal Health Labs, Dr. Chisom Njoku told PUNCH HealthWise that the earlier black women get screened for breast cancer, the better for them.

Dr. Ayodele stressed that breast cancer in young black women tends to have more aggressive biology noting that early detection is essential to allow curative outcomes.

Dr. Ayodele said, ā€œOne of the reasons for poor survival outcomes in these young black women is late presentation. They tend to have more advanced diseases (stages 2-4) before getting screened.

ā€œBreast cancer screening with mammography usually starts at the age of 50 years in many countries. However, for black women, it has been advised to start earlier. Young women usually have denser breast tissue, sometimes making conventional mammography an adequate screening tool.

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ā€œIn these younger women, ultrasound, MRI, or contrast-enhancing mammography are better ways for screening and identifying breast lumpsā€.

In her contribution, Dr. Njoku said is important to stress that itĀ  is also deadlier for black women than for any other race.

 

 

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