Black Women : Breast cancer deadlier for Black Women

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  1. OldSoul

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    Breast cancer deadlier for blacks October 17, 2006 BY Jim Ritter SunTimes Health Reporter​
    African-American women in Chicago are much more likely than white women to die of breast cancer, and the racial gap is widening, according to a new study that calls the disparity "morally wrong, medically unacceptable and reversible."
    Just 10 years ago, black and white women in Chicago died at the same rate from breast cancer. But the most recent figures available, for 2003, show the mortality rate among black women was 73 percent higher, researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital's Urban Health Institute report in a study being released today. Nationwide, the gap was about half that -- 37 percent.
    The disparity in death rates appears to be the result of racism, "and it appears to be institutionalized," said Alan Channing, chief executive of Sinai Health System. In Chicago, white women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a rate 15 percent higher than the rate in black women. So why are more blacks dying from the disease?
    One explanation that's been offered is that African-American women might be genetically predisposed to getting more aggressive forms of breast cancer. The Mount Sinai researchers -- who examined data from the state's cancer registry, public health department and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System -- reject that notion. They offer three possible alternative explanations:
    • Mammograms done on African Americans "might be of less than optimal quality," according to the researchers, who hope to publish their findings in a medical journal. Their study notes that mammogram centers typically spot five to seven cancers for every 1,000 mammograms. But they found that, at one Chicago center serving low-income women, only 2.4 cancers were spotted for every 1,000 mammograms. The researchers did not identify the center.
    Lillie Bell, who is African American and lives in Chicago, says she underwent mammograms every year, and every year was told she was "completely OK." Then, in 1999, Bell was diagnosed with relatively advanced, Stage 3 breast cancer. Now in remission after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, "I'm doing fine," Bell said. But she thinks her cancer "should have been detected earlier."
    The researchers concede that such anecdotal evidence doesn't prove blacks are getting inferior mammograms. In fact, the lone study they could find on the subject concluded that the varying quality of mammogram services "does not appear to be race-linked."
    • In surveys of Chicago women over 40, the percentage of blacks who say they have had a mammogram in the last two years equals that of whites. But researchers suspect that some women might say they've had a mammogram even when they haven't because they figure they should have. Previous studies found poor and black women over-report mammogram rates by up to 30 percent.
    • Once breast cancer is diagnosed, blacks might receive delayed, or less-effective, treatment than whites.
    To prove that, said Joseph Harrington, assistant commissioner of the Chicago Public Health Department, more research is needed. "At this point," he said, "we can only speculate." The Mount Sinai researchers proposed that Chicago hospitals and mammogram centers collect and share data on mammogram quality. A new citywide task force will examine the problem.

    http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/99334,CST-NWS-breast17.article


    Biology blamed for black breast cancer rates October 23, 2006 BY JIM RITTER Health Reporter

    Two new studies are heating up the controversy over why African-American women are more likely than white women to die of breast cancer. Last week, Chicago researchers said the disparity was likely due to institutionalized racism: Black women, they concluded, probably receive inferior mammograms and treatment. But a new study finds the disparity is due at least in part to biological differences between the races. Researchers at the University of Texas' M.D. Anderson Cancer Center enrolled 1,590 whites, 300 Hispanics and 250 blacks in a two-part breast cancer clinical trial. All patients were treated at Anderson -- one of the nation's leading cancer centers -- and blacks received at least as many chemotherapy cycles as whites and Hispanics.
    In the first part of the Anderson study, the 10-year survival rate was 62 percent for whites and Hispanics, but only 52 percent for blacks. Blacks tended to have tumors that were larger and in a later stage. And even when researchers adjusted for disease stage, blacks still had a lower survival rate. Blacks also had a higher percentage of tumors that could not be treated with effective hormone therapies such as Herceptin. Socioeconomic factors probably don't account for the differences. For example, Hispanics in the trials had lower incomes and education levels than whites, but similar survival rates. The results are published in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer. Although whites are more likely to get breast cancer, blacks nationwide are 37 percent more likely to die of the disease. And in Chicago, blacks in 2003 were 73 percent more likely to die of breast cancer, according to a study released last week by Mount Sinai ital's Urban Health Institute. Dr. Wendy Woodward, lead researcher in the Anderson study, noted that many black patients survive breast cancer. Also, biology cannot entirely explain the racial disparity in survival rates, she said. But if biology is part of the reason, "it deserves more research so that we can develop better therapies for African-American women at higher risk."
    Further research may find that black women respond better to certain types of treatments, Woodward said.
    Breast cancer is caused by a complex interplay of genetics and the environment, said Sarah Gehlert of the University of Chicago's Center for Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Research. "Part of it is genetics. Part of it is health behaviors. Part is access to health care. You can't just focus on one cause." Everyone agrees on one point: "Racial disparity in breast cancer outcomes, for whatever reason, is unacceptable and needs greater attention," Woodward said.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/107209,CST-NWS-breast23.article
     
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    Thank you for raising awareness of this plague that haunts many women today.
    I am all too familiar with breast cancer, my mother is a cancer survivor for 7 yrs now she was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 she had a masectemy and did not have to under go radiation or chemo, on the other hand I have an aunt who is a survivor for 5 yrs now and she did do the radiation and chemo and lost all her hair and went through pretty rough times. I am glad to say that she is blessed to tell of her story today. Also my mother just lost a cousin to breast cancer she thought she was in remission and chose not to partake in any medical treatment, she chose natural healing procedures and today she is no longer with us. She lost her battle about 1 yrs ago. Needless to say yes breast cancer is deadlier for black women.
    Personally I am totally terrified that this thing called cancer will creep into my life and send me spirraling. Yet I will keep faith and be strong and most of all pray for the future.

    Sweettee, love
     
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    Do Mammograms Cause Cancer?

    Mammograms Cause Cancer! By Dr. Scott Whitaker, ND


    Wildomar, CA (BlackNews.com) - As we enter the month of October, the controlled news media screams out loud for women to get their mammograms. Women are frightened to death about developing cancer in any part of their body, but the breast get special attention. Since mammographic screening was introduced, the incidence of a form of breast cancer called Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) has increased by 328 percent. Mammography itself is radiation: an X-ray picture of the breast to detect a potential tumor.
    The use of women as guinea pigs is familiar. There is revealing consistency between the Tamoxifen trial and the 1970s trial by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) involving high-dose mammography of some 300,000 women. In 1978, Irwin J.D. Bross, Director of Biostatistics at Roswell Park Memorial Institute for Cancer Research, commented about the screening program: "The women should have been given the information about the hazards of radiation at the same time they were given the sales talk for mammography. Doctors were gung ho to use it on a large scale. They went right ahead and X-rayed not just a few woman but a quarter of a million women... A jump to the exposure of a quarter of a million persons to something which could do more harm than good was criminal and it was supported by money from the federal government and the ACS."
    The actions described above were crimes, not errors of judgment. Nor were they differences of scientific opinion. They were conscious, chosen, politically expedient acts by a small group of people for the sake of their own power, prestige and financial gain, resulting in the suffering and death for millions of women. These actions fit the classification of "crimes against humanity." It's time for women to try something new, such as the Thermal Image Processor (TIP) and toss dangerous mammography, along with the ACS and those which are incompetent at NCI into the dust pin of history.

    For more information on how to prevent and eliminate Breast Cancer and other diseases, contact Dr. Scott Whitaker, ND at www.medisins.net or call 1-888-MEDISIN (633-4746). Dr. Whitaker has over 15 years in wholistic natural medicine. He is the co-author of the nation-wide best seller: MediSin: The Causes and Solutions to Disease, Malnutrition, and the Medical Sins that are killing the world.
     
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    I knew it....I knew it! Talking about "why the sudden increase of cancer in black women." smh Even went as far to say, "the possible reason for the increase was because many Black Women weren't getting mammograms and were lying"....lying about having the test. While all the while, they were exposing not only Black Women, but women to this killer tumor. Always talking about the average weight, the average body, the average this and that. Knowing darn well, aint nothing average about the Black Man or Women. Our bodies, spirit, and soul has never fit their average sterotype. Some of the:censored: that affected them, has rarely affected us until we started subjecting ourselves to their medicines and machines. I am so poed!:mad: No, I personally have never had a mammogram. I give myself a breast examine every month by doing a natural hand exam. Can you believe it! Killing us by the thousands right in our own faces. I always tell my children, know your body! No when something changes, smells different, feels different. KNOW YOUR BODY! After all, it is you who tells the doctor whats wrong with ya! Try going to the doctor and not telling them, you see them stumbling in the dark tryna figure it out.:censored:

    Thank you :bowdown: Brother Oldsoul!
     
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    breast cancer is deadlier in black women because often it is caught later than in other women, sometimes due to few doctor visits, or faulty communcation between doctor and patient

    many black people have no healthcare and thus go to the doctor when they are in the last stages

    mammogram machines aren't the sole source of radiation and mammograms don't take that long to expose someone to enough radiation and they are done infrequently

    you are exposed to more radiation getting xrays, using your cell phone, standing near the various power lines, or just being in the house

    having worked in clinics, black peoplea are notorious for not following doctor's instructions. many feel as if prayer will work or they can go to the bushman and return to doctor when all else fails which is often too late. oh and many black women won't get chemo or any treatments that might make their hair fall out which severely cuts their treatment options especially since in the last stages, mastectomy or lumpectomy won't work

    the form of cancer many black women get is more aggressive by nature and in some cases strikes younger

    conspiracy theories are good since they often present alternate dimensions of thought but to always believe everyone is out to get you, is the most unhealthy of thought patterns; it makes you reactive as opposed to proactive
     
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    I've read data that support this statement. Any type of exposure to radiation is a risk. Scientists are researching new ways to test people for breast cancer (men suffer from the disease as well). But as with all other healthcare these days, the cost for these new tests when they become available, will most likely be cost prohibitive for many low-waged women of color, thereby widening the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots".

    Queenie :heart:
     
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    The problem can be solved my sisters with eating more whole foods, drinking filtered water, excercise and supplementing with the Optimal Health System. listen to the cancer stories on my site: http://www.*******************
     
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    Breast Cancer Treatment and Black Women

    Treatment can fail on black women's tumors

    September 6, 2007
    A new study gives a possible explanation for why breast cancer is more deadly in black women: they are more likely to have tumors that do not respond to the hormone-based treatments that help many others with the disease.
    The study is the largest yet to link a biological factor to the racial disparity, which also has been blamed on black women getting fewer mammograms and less aggressive treatment.
    ''This puts biology more to the forefront,'' said Dr. Julie Gralow, a cancer specialist. ''It's not just access to care, access to treatment and other factors that have been implicated in the past.''
    Blacks are less likely than whites to develop breast cancer but are more likely to die from it, doctors have long known.
    The rest: Cancer Treatment
     
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