Investigation of Causes of Higher Mortality among African American Breast Cancer Patients

Presenter: Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Director, Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities
Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences

Reflection Questions:

  1. How do the temporal trends in breast cancer incidence and mortality compare between African Americans and European Americans in the past 30 years?
  2. What are the potential causes of growing racial disparity in breast cancer mortality?
  3. Should we target patients or the health care system (including providers) in order to reduce the excess breast cancer death rate among African Americans?

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