African Americans and Breast Cancer
The Phoenix Metropolitan area population is approximately three percent African American/African descendant, or 300,000 out of four million people. Nationally, one in eight women, as well as a minority of men, will be affected by breast cancer. Within the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, the percentage of women diagnosed with early stages of disease is lower than Caucasian women. Importantly, the percentage of female breast cancer cases diagnosed as Stage IV (metastatic) is twice as high as other ethnic groups (8 versus 4%). Nationally, the survival for breast cancer in African American women lags behind other ethnic group.