Breast Cancer Study Says More than 1,700 Black Women Die Unnecessarily Each Year

March 22, 2012

Washington Post

Nearly five black women per day die needlessly from breast cancer because they don’t have information and access to proper care, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report said poverty and racial inequities, not genetics, are responsible for the higher death rate, even though more white women get the disease.

The study calls for a public commitment to making access to quality breast health care, from screening to treatment, available to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. The study was done by Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago and funded by the Avon Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and education along with other women’s causes. The research was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology... Read More