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Incidence rates of breast cancer increased slightly among African-American women from 2006 to 2010, bringing those rates closer to the historically higher rates among white women, according to a new analysis by American Cancer Society researchers.

The findings during the 2006-2010 time period found incidence rates increased for estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancers in the youngest white women, Hispanic women in their 60s, and all but the oldest African-American women. In every age group, white women have the highest rates of ER+ breast cancer and African-American women have the highest rates of ER- breast cancer.

And although breast cancer death rates have dropped by 34% since 1990 in all racial/ethnic groups except American Indian/Alaska Natives, African-American women still have the poorest breast cancer survival of any racial/ethnic group, according to the American Cancer Society.

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