Why Black Women Face a Triple Threat From Breast Cancer

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For Black women in America, a breast cancer diagnosis brings with it a disturbing statistic. Black women are less likely to develop breast cancer but 40 percent more likely to die from it than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women. Higher death rates among Black Women likely reflects a comic nation of factors, including differences in stage at diagnosis, obesity, and comorbidities, and tumor characteristics, as well as access, adherence, and response to high quality cancer treatment. In this video, a closer examination of the higher statistic for Black women is analyzed as well as the story of a young woman’s journey to becoming cancer free.

Video courtesy of PBS and YouTube

Picture Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

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