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We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down

The toxic combination of sexism and racism is visible at every step of a Black woman’s experience as she develops breast cancer, from the preventive care she is less likely to receive to the treatments that are less available to her.

Black women are at higher risk for a particularly aggressive type of “triple-negative” breast cancer, yet they are still largely omitted from clinical trials of drugs that treat the disease. And that’s not even considering the more sweeping problems of prejudice and discrimination as Black women seek care for all kinds of health problems.

See “‘We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down’: Why Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer” by Maria Aspan on the Fortune website (June 30, 2020)

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