American Cancer Society researchers collaborated with scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on a recent study showing the high burden of breast cancer mortality in African American (Black) women versus White women began in the US in the 1980s.
Before 1980, Black women had lower breast cancer mortality, the study shows. Beginning in the 1980s, mammography and treatments became more available in this country, yet unequally among Black and White women. The piece was published Saturday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, senior vice president, surveillance and health equity science at ACS (pictured), was the senior author of the study. Dr. Hyuna Sung is co-author of the study.
““Black women continue to have a disproportionate high burden of breast cancer mortality largely because of lack of health insurance and other socioeconomic barriers that limit access to high-quality care,” Dr. Jemal said. “To break down disparities in cancer outcomes, it is crucial to increase access to care for underserved populations and develop mechanisms to reverse course, from requirements for increased diversity in clinical trials to health system financial incentives for equitable care.”