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An estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,620 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among U.S. women in 2013. And according to a report released by the American Cancer Society, an increasing number of them will be black women.

Researchers say breast cancer rates increased 0.2 percent among black women but remained stable among whites between 2006 and 2010, the latest time period assessed.

Historically, white women have had the highest breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 40 years and older, and they still do with about 127 cases per 100,000 compared with 118 cases per 100,000 black women. However, incidence rates are now converging among white and African-American women, particularly among those aged 50 years to 59 years.

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