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Why Are More Black Women Dying From Most Common GYN Cancer?

Dr. Kemi Doll (above), a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Washington, has spent the past seven years researching gynecological cancers and investigating the cause of the disparity in endometrial cancer. She believes that, as with racial discrepancies in other medical conditions, the difference in the endometrial cancer death rate is the result of how the medical establishment treats black women.

To start, black women are less likely than white women to receive an early diagnosis for the disease. As a result, thousands discover they have the cancer only after it has spread, when they have less chance of survival. That could be because doctors miss early signs of the disease, or because many black women are more reluctant or less able than their white counterparts to seek help from doctors.

See “Why Are More Black Women Dying From the Most Common Reproductive Cancer?” by Rosa Furneaux on the Mother Jones website (October 21, 2019)

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