Exploring the Growth of Breast Cancer Among African American
Breast cancer develops as an abnormal growth of cells
accumulate within the breast. Recent studies have proven that White
women have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than African
American women, yet we as African American women are at a higher
risk of dying from the disease. There is however, one possible link to
the higher mortality rate in breast cancer among Black women. We as
African Americans tend to stray from the healthcare setting. This
could be due to insufficient funds, lack of knowledge, and, or desire to
receive medical attention.
Many times when a problem such as breast
cancer arises, the cancer isnt tactfully presented to the healthcare
provider. Breast cancer must be detected early so medical attention
could be provided as soon as possible. Delayed treatment and
unhealthy dietary habits, such as obesity, and high fat content -noticed
in Black women especially, tend to increase the risk of developing
breast cancer. An annual mammogram should be performed for
women over forty. Every woman however, should perform a monthly
self-examination of the breast. Breast cancer strikes one in eight
women, and should be taken very seriously.
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