Perspectives on Race

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Breast Cancer Guidelines are Racist towards Black Women

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According to this article the new guidelines that raise awareness for women to get mammogram ignores the fact that black women get breast cancer at younger ages. This is due to the fact that black women are typically diagnosed with cancer at a younger age than white women. By the time black women make it to the doctor, they are often being diagnosed with an advanced stage of the disease. The new protocol does not take into account for women of color to receive mammograms at an earlier age.

According to Sisters Network, the Black Women’s Health Imperative and the American Cancer Society:
• An estimated 19,540 Black women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 6,000 will die.
• Black women are 53 percent more likely than white women to be diagnosed at a later stage in the disease, and about 26 percent are less likely to receive radiation after breast-conserving surgery.
• Black women are more than twice as likely to receive no surgery at all and 39 percent more likely to die from breast cancer.

The socioeconomic factors can explain the disparity because of the insurance coverage and the fact that health care professionals sometime communicate differently with people of color. This bring up a good argument: Should the American Breast Cancer be held liable with not correctly informing the public that such data used to diagnose breast cancer does not take appropriate account black women in America? How can we inform others without sounding racist?

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Written by icet0696

November 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Those statistics are scary- breast cancer is a serious issue and the leading cause of death for all women. I think that their should be something done to promote better awareness. However, it does kind of come down to an individual basis. Family history has a lot to do with whether or not people go to the doctor for checkups and how often/early. Also, most younger women get physicals and are tought how to check for anything out of the ordinary.


    November 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

  2. super scary, great find! and like the person stated above, we need more AWARENESS, AWARENESS, AWARENESS!


    November 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

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