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Saturday, October 28, 2017

African American Women Have the Highest Risk of Triple Negative Breast Cancer

African American Women Have the Highest Risk of Triple Negative Breast Cancer
One in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. But African American women have the highest risk for triple negative breast cancer. This is a more aggressive form of breast cancer that can easily spread to other parts of the body.

What is triple negative breast cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer is when the breast cancer cells have tested negative for estrogen receptors (ER-), progesterone receptors (PR-), and HER2 (HER2-). Testing negative for all three means the cancer is triple-negative and does not respond to hormonal therapy, although other medicines can be used to treat it. About 10-20 percent of breast cancers — more than one out of every 10 — are found to be triple-negative.

Survival rates

Triple negative breast cancer tends to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer. Studies have shown that this type of cancer is more likely to spread beyond the breast, and it is more likely to recur after treatment, according to Five-year survival rates are also lower for triple-negative breast cancer.

A study done in 2007 of more than 50,000 women with all stages of breast cancer found that 77 percent of women with triple-negative breast cancer survived at least 5 years; women with other types of breast cancer had a survival rate of 93 percent.

To learn more about the symptoms and treatment for triple-negative breast cancer, and what you can do to protect yourself, visit
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