Neighborhood May Determine Breast Cancer OutcomesJuly 11, 2018 |
by Darcel Rockett
In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast.
When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown into a stage 2 tumor.
King, 59, is not alone. Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may have more to do with neighborhood than race, according to a new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analysis.