Black Women With Breast Cancer Have Lower Survival Changes and Less Access to Health Care

Black Women With Breast Cancer Have Lower Survival Changes and Less Access to Health Care
black woman breast cancerBlack women suffering from breast cancer have a much lower survival chance than white women, according to the "Cancer Facts & Figures 2014" report recently released by the American Cancer Society. Even though survival rates for breast cancer patients are on the rise, the statistics reveal disparities, which may be related to education, treatment and post-cancer care. American women who suffered from breast cancer in 1975 had a 5-year survival rate of 75%, while currently those values have risen to 90%. Black american women, on the other hand, currently register a survival rate of 79%, leading researchers to believe that these discrepancies may be related to barriers on a socioeconomic level, as well as in the access to comprehensive health services, which results in black women benefiting less from medical advancements, when compared with white women. "The advancements in screening tools and treatment which occurred in the 1990s were largely available to white women, while black women, who were more likely to be uninsured, did not gain equal access to these life-saving technologies," explained the epidemiologist from the Mount Sinai Ho
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