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Women of Color Need Earlier Breast Screenings

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by Tamim Alnuweiri

Thankfully, breast cancer has been becoming a lot less fatal over the past few decades, and scientists and medical doctors are continuing to make immense strides in understanding and treating it.

Still, new research provides evidence that methods of screening and diagnosing the condition are permeated with racial biases that favor whiteness—similarly to mental health.

Perhaps this is partially why black women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, even though breast cancer is about equally prevalent among both races, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

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