African American Breast Cancer Survivors at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

A study found that African American survivors of breast cancer have a disproportionately high rate of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study was published in the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice.

In this study, researchers assessed 70 breast cancer survivors who identified as African American or Black in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Georgia. The results showed that found that Black breast cancer survivors have a higher prevalence of CVD risk factors, their knowledge about CVD is relatively low.


“We know that several CVD risk factors, such as hypertension and obesity, can be modified through lifestyle behavior changes,” says lead researcher George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services faculty Dr. Michelle Williams.

“Our findings highlight the importance of informing African American breast cancer survivors about their increased risk for co-morbidities such as CVD and providing them with access to culturally appropriate CVD risk reduction interventions aimed at a variety of education levels,” explains Williams.