When it comes to [email protected] cancer treatments there is a very large discrepancy between who has the treatments available to them. [email protected] cancer research has made some amazing advancements in the treatment for the cancer but unfortunately black woman have a harder time finding treatment as opposed to white women. This means that more black women end up dying from [email protected] cancer than white women.
A study was conducted by the Avon Foundation for Women and the Sinai Urban Health Institute concerning the deaths of women in 41 different cities that died of [email protected] cancer. They had hoped that the results over the five studies that were conducted would show a decrease in the number of black women and white women who died from [email protected] cancer but unfortunately the numbers did not show that.
From the years 1990 to 1994 there was a 17% difference in the number of black women that died in comparison to the white women who died. Sadly in the years 2000-2005 black women were 40% more likely to die from [email protected] cancer than white women. The rates differed depending on the location that they were studying but the gap was always there.
Why is there such a discrepancy between these two races? One of the biggest reasons that more black women are dying from [email protected] cancer than white women is due to the fact that the access to affordable treatment programs are so much harder to come by. Research found that the areas that had the most poverty were the ones hit the hardest with deaths due to the fact that affordable care is unattainable for many. With new advancements in the Affordable Care Act some are optimistic that more women can receive care but it will not affect the data for quite some time. Marc Hurlbert was a coauthor of the study and he said that there are other ways that women can reduce their risk. Eating right and getting plenty of exercise are great ways to keep your risk of cancer down.