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For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

In the U.S., Black women are more likely to have breast cancer at earlier ages and with a worse prognosis than white women.

Credit: Boston University

A risk prediction model tailored specifically to Black women has been developed by researchers at Boston University (BU) for use in primary care settings to identify those at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer.

The model was built using epidemiological data from three case-control studies of Black women from various regions of the U.S. and tested using 15 years of follow-up data from 51,798 participants in BU's Black Women's Health Study.

BU's Julie Palmer said the new tool “can be easily used by primary care providers to guide screening recommendations and/or referral for genetic testing, particularly for young Black women, thus leading to earlier diagnosis and reduced mortality."

From Boston University
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