breast cancer awareness

New breast cancer screening guidelines have been issued for Black women and women of color who are at high-risk for breast cancer. Statistics show more black women die from stage 3 and stage 4 cancers than non-Hispanic white women.

Black women are least likely to be diagnosed with stage 1 cancer because they were not screened in time.

According to a press release from PRNewswire, the new American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) guidelines recognize that Black women and women of color (mixed-race, biracial, etc.) are at high-risk for breast cancer and should be screened earlier.

Black women and women of color are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women despite roughly equal breast incidence rates.

Black women are also more likely to have more aggressive types of breast cancer tumors.

The ACR and SBI now call for all women to have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed. The societies also newly-recommend that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women at average breast cancer risk begin screening at age 40.

"These updates will help save more lives," said Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

"We changed our approach to help save more African-American women and others at higher risk from this deadly disease," said Wendy B. DeMartini, MD, FSBI.

For more information regarding the proven effectiveness of regular mammography screening at reducing breast cancer deaths, please visit RadiologyInfo.org, MammographySavesLives.org and EndTheConfusion.org.

SOURCE: American College of Radiology

Stock photo by Annette Bunch / Getty Images

  • pure_rachet

    Sandra, does wearing a bra have anything to do with risk factors? I haven't worn one in over a month for research purposes.

  • iWasteTime

    Thank You for this Sandra!!
    Greatly Appreciated!

  • PhillyFacts

    I need to know the answer to this also, because I heard from a coworker that wire bras are contributing factors; so I stopped wearing them.

  • joel adams

    I will exam all tig ole bitties for a fraction of the cost .lol .

  • pure_rachet

    I also stopped shaving my armpits for a different experiment.

  • SpillyNillie

    Get checked ladies! I had my first mam at 34 due to a family history of breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. I also do monthly self exams. Monthly self exams are very important! I found a lump in my breast and went to the doctor immediately and was diagnosed with fibrocystic breast disease.

  • PhillyFacts

    Really.. Why? Do you wear deodorant?

  • SweetTEE

    I had a breast cancer survivor tell me this

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    What is a non-hispanic white woman? I dropped out of college after I got my financial aid check. ? Just playing but my uncle just beat breast cancer, i was shock people didn't know men can get it.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you for posting this!

    I had a "scare" two weeks ago. I had been having breast pain starting in February. Went to my dr. she ordered a diagnostic mammogram. They found something. It has since been removed. Almighty bless, no cancer.

    It was my first mammogram.
    I just turned 41 in December.
    What they found was in the exact spot I had been having pain.
    When your body talks.......LISTEN!!!!!!

  • SweetTEE

    Here's the thing..it's extremely hard for me to get a mammogram because I'm under 40. I have tried numerous times. I even tried the free mobile mammogram truck that visits different businesses in my area. They said I wasn't old enough. But I'm going to look into it right now.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    Stretch marks--pass.

  • FukkFolks2018

    My mom is a two time breast cancer survivor. Not once. Twice. Remission and cancer free since last instance for over a decade now. God be the GLORY. And she always says God gave her breast cancer so the rest of us (my sisters and HER sisters--she is the ONLY one to have had it) can be on the look out for it and be vigilant. We had to get mammo's way earlier than most women. But hey...thats okay!

    I appreciate this post Sandra.

  • FukkFolks2018

    PLEASE do. It IS hard if you are under 40!!! Only reason why we were able to was bc of my mom. God bless you.

  • FukkFolks2018

    :hugs ya tight:

  • PhillyFacts

    My coworker was a breast cancer survivor as well, so there must be some truth to it; a sister is here for knowledge however the internet can be so confusing one week something is good for you the next it's killing us. That happened to me with garlic so now I try to find out from people with expertise in herbalism, medical professionals, or survivors.

  • pure_rachet

    For deodorant I use the salt crystal. Best purchase ever! Been using it about a year. I don't have a reason or hypothesis behind my experiment. I'm just trying something new.Its more of a self confidence test.

  • Yoni7

    Yes they do/can. I see it all the time in my line of work. Gynecomastia is a factor.

  • pure_rachet

    Won't he do it!!!

  • FukkFolks2018

    Richard Roundtree. The original Shaft. They can and do and its high in black men. God bless your uncle!!!

  • pure_rachet

    LOL you are a jerk but I agree.

  • SweetTEE

    I agree. I have researched sleeping in bras, underwire, not wearing a bra. I've found misinformation everywhere I look.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Very informative article...thanks for keeping us informed Auntie!!

  • Yoni7

    Say you have pain. They will have to. My job pays for them........but it has to be a certain type (3D). The one I had recently isn't paid for by my job..........the bills are still sitting in the mailbox as I type. LOL

  • SweetTEE

    Thanks, I'm seriously about to call my doctor again.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    Them titties are A-O.K.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    You still here?

  • pure_rachet

    Just lie about family history. Say your mom and granny had it and they will get you in there.

  • PhillyFacts

    Thanks blessings!

  • Yoni7

    Not too tight.....I still got a scar. LOL *church hug*

  • Kemi

    I had mine done when I was 38. I was motivated to do it at the time because a close friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went to a specialized clinic. See if your doc can give you a referral.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Yes he will. Gave us our mama to talk pure shit to us for another... well we dont know how many more years, but she still kicking it and will be 68 in May lol. Second time she had it really shook us. But my dad was like girls yall mama too damn mean to die. She gonna be just FINE lol.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Glad you're ok?

  • pure_rachet

    How do I make an appointment?

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  • pure_rachet

    Tomorrow Im going to a Chinese acupuncturist.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    As A STAGE III BC SURVIVOR/DEFEATER, this is great news!.
    As African-American WOMEN we need to be more vigilant about our HEALTH!, And take BETTER care of ourSELVES. Get those Ta-Ta's checked LADIES....AND Men too!, it can happen to YOU Also.
    #GodBless#SmOOches!#ROSES :-)

  • SweetTEE

    I really am though..smh. I shouldn't have to lie to get preventative medical care when I pay all that mofo money every paycheck.

  • Yoni7

    I REFUSE to sleep in a bra. Mine comes off soon as I hit the driveway.

  • PhillyFacts

    Thank you!

  • SweetTEE

    Yea, I'm about to tell them I have a family history and I'm having pain.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    This seems like it's on par with breastfeeding rates.

  • Yoni7

    Baking soda works as well. And cut out meats. My BFF was locked up for FOUR MONTHS. She said she didn't put on ONE LICK of deodorant while locked up. She contributes it to her eating habits. She's a vegetarian. She hasn't eaten meat since we were 14 years old.

  • Rayne

    We don’t need NEWER guidelines. We need doctors who are willing to treat us as level as the other non black patients that they see.

  • Yoni7

    You're welcome.

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God
  • Yoni7

    Thank you. Scary shit! The wait was agonizing.

  • Rayne

    Pretty much what I did. Lied.

  • Cici

    Just got my mammogram Monday and the test came back negative. Won’t He do it?! ??

  • Yoni7

    I was of age, but yes, do that.

  • Quitedeliteful

    You and your family are so very fortunate.. Ten years later and your mom is still here! This literally brought a tear to my eyes. I'd give a right leg and a left arm to have my mother here on this earth!!!

  • Yoni7

    "You know I luh yo mama." LOL

  • Cici

    If you’re having issues you can. I’m under 40 and was able to get one (had orders from the doctor).

  • Kemi

    Amen!!

  • softness1

    Stage I survivor.. But I had T Cell Lymphoma in my 20's.. My life has been a series of surgeries, chemo, radiation and pills since I was 23....Urgghh

    This breast cancer is wearing the women in my family out.. Every other cousin has it.. I have one who's doing really bad.. It's just a matter of time.. I hate it..

  • Quitedeliteful

    Django I swear you got dropped on your head!!! Go sit down!!! Do not pass go. Do not collect two hunnid dollars. Do not even speak for the next hour!!! You need a time out. (Snickers....)

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

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  • pure_rachet

    I lost my job and got midi-cal. This is the second time i have had it and the doctors are wonderful! way better than regular doctors. I'm going to ask for one. I thought they were throw away doctors who'd treat me like hell but not the case!

  • Yoni7

    Almighty bless your family. This just brought tears to my eyes. Push, fight, hang in there. YOU will WIN!

  • pure_rachet

    Keep pushing!

  • softness1

    Thank you!! Thank you.... I have every intention of winning..

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I love hearing stories like this! My mom is also a breast cancer survivor (damn near stage 4 when they caught it) and a skin cancer survivor. She's been breast cancer FREE for 10 yrs as well! Skin cancer free for about 8 years now. Because of my history, I was approved to get my first mammogram at 35, BRCA gene test done, and get yearly mammograms. The results to my BRCA gene test came back negative (thank GOD) but I still go in for my yearly mammo's. My mom just turned 67 last month..

  • Rayne

    Well that is so good for you. Prayers and blessings hun. ?

  • Cici

    They will help you. I was having pain as well as some other symptoms, but thankfully no cancer is present. My grandmother had breast cancer and died from it, so it’s best to get it checked immediately.

  • Quitedeliteful

    May the Gods bless you and your family. Stay strong...

  • Yoni7

    You're welcome. *hugs you*

  • WutizstillHERE!

    In the meantime be vigilant each month to do self exams and visual exam of your boobies. Know when the best time to exam them and do it the same times. Your breast tissue is too dense now because of your age and the mammogram will not be as affective unless you have loss weight in an extreme way like bypass and loss fat in that area.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I have painful lumps in my breasts that were found 2 yrs ago. Come to find out, they are caused due to the caffeine I was drinking daily. From coffee at work and sweet tea when I would go out to eat, my Dr told me I needed to get rid of caffeine. No caffeinated drinks (not a big soda drinker but I LOVE tea and coffee) and no chocolate. I still have a little once a while but compared to how I used to drink it, it's nothing.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I thought they were throw away doctors who'd treat me like hell but not the case!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It's true. If you can get the right docs they will treat you well.

  • Yoni7

    I'm not a coffee/pop/sweet tea/caffeine type drinker. This was just my body talking to me like it does on a daily basis. Glad you're ok.

  • pure_rachet

    baking soda doesn't work as well. Kinda makes me smell like cat pee. I recently cut down on meat and on weekends i do full vegan raw diet.

  • Kemi

    Sending positive energy your way and the women in your family...!!!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Our bodies are not wrong! If only more people would listen. Thank you, me too! I'm not ready to go yet.. lol

  • Yoni7

    I will say, I'm salty as fukk that after my recent biopsy......they put a chip in me. I'm not feeling that! Same day it happened, I stood up from my desk and something shocked the back of my neck. #Manchuriancandidate

  • pure_rachet

    A CHIP? why?

  • Yoni7

    Then your body chemistry isn't a match for it. I've never had a problem with baking soda. LOL

  • Yoni7

    To mark the spot where they removed what they found. So when I go back for my next mammogram, they can look at that spot where I recently had them removed. I'm salty.

  • Ni Ni

    I been getting screened since my mid 30s due to family history. I had one a couple weeks ago and was worried cause my boob sometimes throb in one spot. I dont think they cleaned that machine after the last person cause my tiddays itched like crazy afterwards. I had to scrub them down with alcohol ?. Test came back negative?.

  • Yoni7

    And while we're at it.......don't forget those coochies women. If yall gotta spray after yall piss......something ain't right. IJS

  • pure_rachet

    In 2016 I had general edema for months. The doctors did so many tests but never figured it out. I had a doctor who was super concerned. I gained 10 lbs every two weeks. She said she couldn't sleep trying to figure it out.

  • Quitedeliteful

    If you are in NYC and need healthcare, check out the Weill Cornell Community Clinic. They have world renowned docs and state of the art facilities. I started with them when I was unemployed and I continue with them still even though I am working. I've had yearly breast exams, physical therapy, ultrasounds, sonograms, bone density tests -- whatever I've needed -- and for free. I will never give them up. Check them out... They even reimburse travel and prescription expenses...

  • Yoni7

    My pain felt like a (and don't think I'm crazy) spaceship was in there shooting lil missiles in my tit. Felt like how a 4th of July sparkler looks when it's lit. If that makes any sense. They had to scrub the machine (before) and after I used it because my blood was so rich and pretty it stained it.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you for this. I have a friend who lives in NYC and is umemployed. I wonder if she's aware of this.

  • Quitedeliteful

    They don't advertise. I knew that white folks without insurance had to be going somewhere and I wanted to go where they went. Tell her they are on York Avenue. You now have to register online but it is worth it. They keep up with me really well. I'm going for an eye exam next month. The only thing they don't seem to do is dentistry.

  • Yoni7

    I knew that white folks without insurance had to be going somewhere
    _______________
    RIGHT!
    Just like those Hasidic Jews up there FUKKIN UP that Section 8! I mean racking thee entire fugg UP!

  • pure_rachet

    can I ask your age?

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless yall sweetie. HANG in there.

  • FukkFolks2018

    She is a MESS. We luh yourn too lol

  • Karen Brady

    And you will!

  • Vonn

    That's awesome.

  • FukkFolks2018

    :hugs you:

  • Ni Ni

    Goodness, i never heard of that. I have to come back and finish reading your story below after lunch..very informative. I opted for the regular mammogram since my job pays for it. I would had to pay $75 for the 3D; hopefully, will be able to try it next year ( $75 not much, but i had just spent 2 days in the hospital for a different issue $$$).

  • Quitedeliteful

    I went to Williamsburg in Brooklyn to visit a friend. She lives in the projects -- nothing but Hasidic Jews live there -- and most of them on the dole...

  • Karen Brady

    Mine comes off in the car some days on my way home.

  • Yoni7

    LISSEN!
    But at the risk of sounding slow....define dole. LOL

  • Quitedeliteful

    They on that Section 8, Welfare, WIC -- if it's free they are first in line... Building is city housing and it's full of them..

  • Yoni7

    Yeah, my job pays for the 3D one, but because mine wasn't routine but diagnostic instead....NOPE. I wonder what that bill looks like that's sitting in my mailbox right now. LOL

  • Yoni7

    LOL She's so sweet.

  • Yoni7

    41

  • Yoni7

    I read about that a while ago. I agree.

  • FukkFolks2018

    God bless you! Yes we had to do BRCA test too! Wow. Give mom a hug and tell her she a champion!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    You're too kind, thanks! Please give your mom a hug from me as well ? Hugs from Houston!

  • stav

    Mammograms at 40 ladies, and for those of us with dense breast tissue there is a 3D screening( although not usually covered by insurance...of course).

  • Vegas1989

    I have to final get one because I'm 45 years young now. I just have low density boobs. My was negative as well. I have two small little lumps but no growth and then my doctor just felt two more on the left side so I can walk in get my mammogram. Ladies if you are at that age get checked out.

  • Misslaydj

    Thanks sis

  • oshh16

    It was recommended that I start my mammograms, which I did, at 35.
    My maternal Granma, God bless her soul, passed from breast cancer in 2000. She beat it once in 98 but did not get a mastectomy. It came back two years later more aggressive, we found out in June by Oct she was gone. I miss, and think about her everyday.

  • bashi

    Yes those Jews love free money knows how to scheme great ?

  • Yardgirl

    Glad you are OK sis!! Cancer is a scary, sneaky mo-fo!! My sister works with cancer specialists and she says that having pain is a good sign that it is most likely not cancer. E hug to you.

  • Yoni7

    Thank you. I've always heard initially "it doesn't hurt".

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Boi... wtf is this?

  • http://tidal.com/#!/us/store/album/84712684 Django the God

    LLS

  • Cici

    Yes I agree, and I’m so glad yours was negative. ??

  • Rayne

    Oh wow! How are you doing today?

  • jazzysmith12

    Be careful of this poisonous food that we eat.It's killing us long term (colon) toxins.And get your vitamin D --revitalize that melanin in the sun

  • jazzysmith12

    Our ancestors were able to live longer because they didn't have all theses deadly drugs they're putting in this food.

  • Yardgirl

    God bless you for sharing this!! I am in the loop and did not know of this place, smh, but I am sure all dem colonizers on welfare do!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I had to search high and low to find this information! And the beautiful thing about it is when you go to get something like a mammo or your eyes checked you can't tell who has insurance or who doesn't. Everybody sees the same doctors, everybody goes to the same place, everybody gets treated as patients.

  • pure_rachet

    Im ok. Dealt with it about 6 months and was on meds that did nothing. It went away and I have lost 20 lbs of water. Thanks for asking. I believe its because I changed jobs and became sedentary at a desk all day and had little physical activity.

  • pure_rachet

    Im a couple years younger but will def get checked! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rayne

    You take care of yourself cause there’s only one you and I care. ?

  • HalleMerry

    Did they check your liver extensively?

  • Yardgirl

    Wonderful!!??????

  • pure_rachet

    Yes. It was enlarged in one test but regular in another.

  • pure_rachet

    That means a lot! Thanks!

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Black women are the least likely to be tested because a) body shaming in front of doctors. What I mean is that a lot of women, because of their body shape don't want to take off their clothes; b) poverty; c) laziness. A lot of screenings are free depending where you live. Medicaid & Medicare cover screenings. There's no excuse.
    The same for black women dying of heart disease: a) obese women don't want to disrobe in front of doctors. It's not until they're on their death bed that they go see a doctor, by then it's too late.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    She should have gotten at the least a lumpectomy.

  • dontgetblocked

    I get it done every year. Some people have a bad experience and it's too painful. Try a new facility with better equipment. A little pain during the screening could save your life.

  • Tausha T. W.

    The clinic run by students.

  • Tausha T. W.

    The. Mark of the beast...

  • Jussjess25

    I never believe it when they say black women are at a higher risk ?. Seems like black women are at a higher risk for every dam thing.

  • Kimberly King

    I believe this crap is in the food and the birth control. You know how many black women I know popped birth control pills all throughout high school and college and *now* that they’re married, they can’t conceive to save their lives ? Something ain’t clean in the milk. I don’t trust anything or anyone. I’ve never been on birth control and I’m not going to start now. A ninja nut in me he better have lots of money and be ready to be a father. Lol

    And back to the food, we have to cut back on eating out. I know it’s so convenient, but I really believe that’s another cause. I find it odd that the healthcare industry is so quick to say we’re at risk for every gah damn thing.

  • SweetTEE

    Sometimes I fall asleep with all my clothes on, but yea, I was taught to sleep without any undergarments.

  • Yoni7

    Yep, as with tattoos and other stuff.

  • Yoni7

    You're welcome.

  • Quitedeliteful

    It is but you always see a real doctor in the end...

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    In 2016 I was 38 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thank god it was found early. I was stage 1

  • LEB

    Wishing blessings and good health to you ?????

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    Ty so much!! April 7th will be my 2yr Anniversary and I’m so happy to be here!!

  • https://darkandusky.tumblr.com/ KissOfDanger

    Because of stress.

  • Trace da Ace

    bless you!!!!

  • TaylorFinallyMadeIt

    Thank you!!