It's a sad irony that the one area where African-Americans have, after many decades of inequality, finally achieved parity with whites is in rates of breast cancer among women.
According to a recent report by the American Cancer Society, rates of breast cancer in African-American women rose almost half a percent every year from 2008 to 2012. And the cancers they get are more deadly and less responsive to treatment, leading to a 42% higher death rate compared to white women.
How do we explain these findings?
Well, the big culprit appears to be diet-related.
Obesity has spiked among African-American women, from 39% from 1999-2002 to 58% from 2009-2012, according to The New York Times, while remaining constant at 33% during the same periods for white women.
And obesity doubles a woman's risk of developing breast cancer.
So if you or a loved one is at risk, here are two things to do:
- Adopt the diet proven to reduce obesity and reduce cancer risk: a whole foods, plant-based diet
- Don't read the rest of the ACS Report too closely. They have too many conflicts of interest with industry to be a credible source on screening or treatment.