Last year when my youngest sister and I did the 2018 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for The Cure, little did we know, a few weeks later, she’d be diagnosed with breast cancer. Her aggressive approach in self diagnosis and early detection has placed her among Breast Cancer Survivors with quite a journey to share.
Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among African American women, surpassed only by lung cancer. The incidence of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 10% lower among African American women than white women and yet the mortality rate for African American women is 37% higher.
Sadly, the 5-year survival rate for African American women is 77% compared to 90% for white women. This disparity is attributed to later-stage detection and unequal receipt of high-quality medical treatment, according to the American Cancer Society. Many thanks to Gilda’s Club of Ft. Lauderdale in sharing this information.~mike burke