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Survivors speak out about racial disparities in breast cancer

July 2016


One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, but new research shows the disparities in how different people are affected.
Dr. Nadine Barrett from Duke University says she found white women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer while non-white women -- mainly black or Hispanic women -- are more likely to die from it.
"It's disappointing," Dr. Barrett said. "Quite frankly, it's unacceptable."
In 2013, Dr. Barrett says the breast cancer mortality was 39% higher in black women than in white women. And African-American women are often diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer when treatment options are limited, costly and the prognosis is poor.
Dr. Barrett said as much as research backs up her headline fact, she doesn't have the specific answer as to why. She says it could be a lack of resources, information, fear to discuss, genetics or education.
She says the solution, always, is knowledge. Read More here


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