Why breast cancer kills more black women: They’re sicker
July 23, 2013
Karen Jackson, founder and CEO of Sisters Network Inc, believes African-American women need more education about breast cancer.
Doctors and policymakers have known for years that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Studies have offered all sorts of clues – there may be genetic differences, there may be disparities in getting medical care, black women may get inferior treatment, and blacks may simply avoid doctors more.
This latest study, done using a new method, shows not only that the differences are still there, years after experts first began to notice them -- it also shows that black women are in poorer shape overall than whites when they are diagnosed.
“They come in sicker, with more advanced disease and more chronic conditions,” says Dr. Jeffrey Silber of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who led the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “The disparity looks to be unchanged over the past few decades.”
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