PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cancer is evil and it is not politically correct. In other words, it discriminates one race against another.
Some examples, according to experts: breast cancer discriminates. Colon cancer discriminates as well.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Don Ly's Children Continue To Search For Answers After Father's American Dream Ended In Deadly Stabbing In South Philadelphia
In fact, it seems to spread faster in African Americans and research has helped reveal why.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found, using a slightly different category of cancer called basal tumors and a relatively fast-growing one called triple negative, that these cancers do grow faster in African Americans.READ MORE: Camden County Businesses, Officials Worry As Heavy Rains, Flooding Become More Common
In fact, 15 percent of all breast cancers are among black women under 50.
The bottom line is there are genetic differences that could play a role in the disparity.MORE NEWS: Upper Darby Police Investigating Death Of Newborn Found In Bag
Environmental factors also matter, but these studies show that screening is important.