Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Breast cancer is predominantly a disease of women over 40, with incidence rates increasing with age. Annual incidence of breast cancer is less than 60 per 100,000 below age 40; 100 per 100,000 by age 50; and nearly 200 per 100,000 at age 70. Only 1% of breast cancer affects men, and it usually occurs when they are over the age of 60. The case of the elderly with breast cancer is essentially the same as with younger patients. While white women have a higher frequency of breast cancer, African Americans are more likely to die from the disease; this is attributed to late detection of the cancer and perhaps more aggressive tumors.

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