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Early mammograms can save African American women


By Katherine Hough

Contributing Writer


Working at the Breast Health Center and seeing how many African American women come in for breast screening in comparison to White women saddens me. I see 80 percent more White women than African American biweekly. Studies have shown that though White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, it is African American women who have the highest death rates of breast cancer. Though this is shocking to many, the CDC has found that African American women are 41 percent more likely to die of breast cancer than Caucasian women even though they have a lower incidence rate. After numerous years of research, it has been found that the primary reason African American women are more likely to die of breast cancer is because they are more likely to get screened later and the cancer is detected at a time when it is irreversible. Continue Reading →

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