It has been found that breast cancer is a health hazard for certain ethnic minorities such as Black American females and Hispanic women.
Black and Hispanic women are much more likely to contract breast cancer than white females. And they are also more prone to die of the dreaded disease in the end. Unless it is diagnosed earlier that is. About 100,000 women were included in the study.
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Among these African American and Hispanic females there were those who contracted breast cancer in the advanced stage and they were 30% to 60% more likely to end up with the fatal malady than Caucasian women.
The African American women in fact had a 70% greater chance of being in stage IV of breast cancer. And this was the most deadly of all the varieties of cancer. As for Asian and Pacific Island females, the picture is a bit more complex.
Filipinos and Pacific Islanders had a 20% to 60% more likely rate of contracting late stage cancer than whites. As for Chinese and Japanese women, they had a 30% to 40% lesser risk than whites.
There was a definite trend of late detection of cancer and no treatment options in case of African American women. This is part of a sad tradition according to which black females receive the worst of prophylactic measures against cancer and often end up dead in the end from tumors of the mammary glands.
As compared to white women, they are an example of poverty and lower standards of living. The racism prevalent in the United States has seen to it that the distribution of medical amenities and resources across the dividing line between the ruling elites and the masses remains a bone of contention. Blacks still face problems having to do with discrimination and don’t get access to the necessary facilities.
In every way the power elite of WASPs is healthier, happier and has greater longevity to boot. The prevalence of higher rates of breast cancer in black females does not just have to do with their genes.
There is more at work here than was previously thought. Social and economic factors tally into the equation. Not only is equality of opportunity needed but equality of outcome is a crucial factor in the race line that divides so many ethnic minorities from the privileged and prosperous. It is a weird world we live in where we are all created equal but later on due to our circumstances and backgrounds we end up in inferior conditions where our health status is compromised.
This new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.