Breast cancer services are failing Black women, who are worse affected by breast cancer than White women because services are not tailored to them!
In the US Black women, on average, are more likely to have breast cancer at earlier ages and with a worse prognosis than White women.
U.S. Black women have a disproportionately high rate of breast cancer death
The relatively small number of Black women enrolled in epidemiologic studies of breast cancer has hampered efforts to derive and test models for use in Black women.
“Because U.S. Black women have a disproportionately high rate of breast cancer deaths, improvement in early detection of breast cancer in this population is critical, especially in young Black women who have not yet reached the ages at which mammographic screening is typically begun,” explained corresponding author Julie Palmer, ScD, director of BU’s Slone Epidemiology Center.
Early detection of breast cancer in this population is critical, especially in young Black women
According to the researchers, the model is simple to use and all the information required can be obtained from the women themselves with a few simple questions, this would help improve services that are currently failing Black women.