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There are 6 comments on Too Many Black Women Die from Breast Cancer. Why?

    1. Have you thought to also explore the correlation between the access to and quality of sexual education, family planning, and prenatal care for black women in comparison to white women? I feel like that disparity might help determine why there’s such a disparity in abortion. Just a thought.

  1. The Boston Globe did an engaging article some years ago “How Racism Hurts–Literally” 7/15/2007. Societal suffering from stigma and discrimination has impact not only on telomeres but certainly on immunity …and chronic inflammatory cascades. We have to engage the biopsychosocial impacts if we are ever to understand epidemiological findings and then attend to much needed structural issues of policies and practices that contribute to dis-ease in our human populations.

  2. Good article, lousy headline. Even one person of any race or gender dying of breast cancer is “too many”. A headline with “too many” about any harmful thing implies that there is a number that is just right, which is absurd. “Black women disproportionally afflicted with breast cancer” would have been a better summary.

  3. As a participant in the BWHS, I’m always encouraged to read the analysis of all the data you collect. I recently had a mammogram, possibly my 10 in the last 6 years. For the first time I received a letter stating I had dense breast tissue. In the future I’d like to participate in any mammogram study.

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