As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, the newest research and data shines a spotlight on the racial disparities when it comes to breast cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, Black women are about 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, as they are often diagnosed with a more aggressive form of the disease and sometimes at a younger age.
Recently, Georgetown University announcedthe passing of women’s basketball head coach Tasha Butts after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 41 years old.
This week on Basic Black, host Crystal Haynes shares her experience receiving mammography, and her guests share their commitment to breast cancer awareness for communities of color all year long. Guests include: Dr. Naomi Ko, associate professor, Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine, and medical oncologist at Boston Medical Center; Nekia Clark, director of Patient Services and Outreach at the Ellie Fund, co-chair of the Boston Breast Equity Coalition, and a breast cancer survivor; Jani Raynor, a patient living with breast cancer, and a former patient of the Ellie Fund; and Karen Burns White, deputy associate director, Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Center for Cancer Equity and Engagement at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
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