Not all Americans are getting the breast health care they deserve – namely, Black women.
According to the 2014 study published by Sinai Urban Health Institute and the Avon Foundation for Women, there is a growing disparity in breast cancer mortality rates based on race. Although White women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, Black women are more likely to die from the disease – troubling findings that have jolted the breast cancer community and spurred many into action.
In Memphis, the city with the widest Black:White disparity, the odds for Black women with breast cancer to die are more than double that of White women with breast cancer (A disparity ratio of 2.11, as noted below in the infographic). The city has launched the SisterPact campaign to raise awareness about breast health.
In Chicago, the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force is working hard to combat disparities and lower mortality rates. After years working to empower women in Chicago through education, community outreach, and patient navigation, the Task Force is finally seeing this disparity decrease. In addition, members of the African American community have spoken out to raise awareness about factors contributing to the inequity in quality of and access to breast health care and breast cancer treatment.
Check out our infographic below to learn more about the causes of racial disparities in breast health and where attention and resources are most needed to promote equality in health services.