Descriptive analysis of breast cancer in African-American women at Howard University Hospital, 1960-1987.

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This article describes breast cancer cases seen at the Howard University Hospital from 1960 through 1987 using information from the database of the Tumor Registry, established in 1960. Clinical information at presentation is presented as well as a description of reproductive and demographic characteristics. Pre- and postmenopausal women are compared, revealing differences in reproductive experience. This may contribute to the increasing incidence of breast cancer seen among younger women in recent years. This is of particular interest because the classic excess of nulliparous women among breast cancer cases is not seen among the population described here.

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