Researchers find white and black women share certain risks; other factors more distinctive
MONDAY, April 20 (HealthDay News) -- White women and black women in the United States share certain breast cancer risk factors but appear to have distinctive risk factors as well, a new study shows.
Researchers conducting on ongoing study have so far enrolled 1,826 white and 360 black women with breast cancer, and 1,766 healthy white and 240 healthy black women. The initial data shows that lack of physical activity and being overweight or obese are associated with a 20 percent increased risk of breast cancer in both groups of women.
Dr. Yong Cui, an assistant professor of medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues have also found that:
The findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, in Denver.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer risk.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, April 19, 2009
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