Nearly Five Black Women Die Needlessly Per Day from Breast Cancer in the United States

The reasons behind such disparities, and what you can do to receive the proper care

by Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D. • Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade
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Compounding the disparity is the reality that more cancers develop in black women at younger ages—years when mammography does not work and is not routinely recommended. A recent research breakthrough might help solve this problem. Using ultrasound to detect breast cancer, in addition to mammography, as reported in a recent medical article by Dr. Wendie Berg of the Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh, could identify cancers missed by a mammogram. However, ultrasound also identified more false positives which caused some women to needlessly have a biopsy performed.  Though breast imaging by mammography or ultrasound is not perfect, it is available. And it can help save women’s lives.

Remember: early detection can help save your life.  Discuss breast cancer screening with your doctor, a nurse, or a medical provider. Make informed decisions about what age to start mammography. Get to know your risk and risk reduction strategies.If you’re looking for further ways to get involved and raise awareness consider signing up for an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. There are six walks remaining in 2012, including: Chicago (June 2-3), Rocky Mountains (June 23-24), San Francisco (July 7-8), Santa Barbara (September 22-23), New York (October 20-21), Charlotte (October 27-28). And it’s not too early to sign up for a 2013 Walk. I’m pleased to offer a $10 registration discount for More.com readers. When registering at www.avonwalk.org, just enter the code “WALK2″ at checkout to receive the discount.

 For more breast cancer information and resources, visit www.cancer.org or http://www.avonfoundation.org/breast-cancer-crusade/.

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Maricia Johns01.05.2013

Don't let cost stop you from getting a mammogram or other services. Many areas offer them for free. Take a look at the article below. Find out if your area offers these free events. If so share with others.
http://thisisyourbestyear.com/2013/01/05/focus-on-you-really-focus-on-you/

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