Racial gap in breast cancer treatment

There was a very interesting article in the New York Times recently which highlighted the difference in screening and treatment of breast cancer patients in the US.

You can read the article here.

The solution, everyone agreed, would not be simple.The reasons behind the black-white cancer divide are complex. 

We talked about the problems of stigma and late diagnosis in this post.

What do you think? What is the solution?


One thought on “Racial gap in breast cancer treatment

  1. The blog on Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Treatment evoked a number of thoughts and responses in my mind. Amongst these are the fact the within our South African context breast cancer is a known risk factor to all women and a small percentage of irrespective of race or socio-economic status. For me the difference lies in whether you receiving treatment in the private or public health setting. Those receiving private health treatment also again depending on the type of medical aid package will have access to more sophisticated investigations and treatments and rehabilitation programs. unfortunately the vast majority who are categorized as black in this country have limited access to private health care AND THAT’S FOR ME the major difference and my inferences in terms of similarities to the American article.

    I do think that more thought and as a matter of urgency to implement a breast health – cancer policy that ensures that the vast majority of those at risk of breast cancer is accommodated for in a comprehensive , appropriate public education and information program, effective screening program, high quality effective treatment and rehabilitation program, in South Africa.

    Colleen Marco
    Cape Town, South Africa

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