Biology may have role in breast cancer racial disparity

09/6/2007 | NYTimes.com

New research shows that black women are more likely to have breast cancer tumors that do not respond to hormone treatments, providing possible biological evidence to the disparity in breast cancer survival rates between blacks and whites. The findings show that almost 40% of black study participants had tumors which were estrogen-receptor negative, while only 22% of white women had ER-negative tumors.

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