Black Women More Likely to Die of Breast Cancer - Especially in the South

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Treatment advances for breast cancer survival rates among women in the United States have improved over the years, but the disparity between white and black women has grown. Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The biggest disparity can be found in the South, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

Black women are more likely to develop triple-negative breast cancer than white women. Researchers haven't developed advanced treatments for this series of tumors. Because there is a lack of diversity in clinical trials, recent advancements in cancer therapies for other kinds of tumors has yet to be fully proven in minorities. A lack of access to transit, jobs, and health insurance can exacerbate the situation. 

Some states are taking steps to reduce the disparity, including awareness campaigns, collecting health data from minorities and in some circumstances, any low-income women diagnosed with breast cancer are automatically enrolled in Medicaid. 

Read the full story from the Pew Charitable Trusts

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  • Dana Walker | May 24th 2019 @ 6:20 PM

    I just received a letter from Keck Medicine of USC requesting my participation in a breast cancer research study designed to help understand the inherited susceptibility to breast cancer among African America women. At first I was hesitant because it involves sending in my DNA; never thought the day would come when we worried about where and how our DNA could be used without our permission. But after listening to my inner voice that is always prompting me to be part of the solution to a problem

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