Study by Komen shows why black women die more from breast cancer than white women in the Tidewater area
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Lynne Young of Chesapeake, has a long family history of breast cancer.
“Four generations – a lot – so that explains my passion for contact and involvement in the community,” she told WAVY.
As a community advocate, Young said she heard stories of racism, poor health care and discrimination.
“There are so many layers, so many factors, I can’t isolate them in one,” she said.
Susan g komen did a study to find out why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the United States. Tidewater metropolitan area are among the highest in the country.
“Although black women in the Tidewater metro area are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women when diagnosed with breast cancer, they are more likely to die from the disease,” the Dr Kim Johnson, director of the Susan G. Komen African American Health Equity Initiative told WAVY.
Johnson said he found the biggest gap in Suffolk and Chesapeake.
The study suggests multiple reasons for the inequalities, including financial barriers, transportation issues, lack of insurance as well as fear of going to a doctor.
Komen took this data and created a plan to close the gap.
“Susan G Komen launched our ‘Stand for HER’. The ‘HER’ stands for a ‘Health Equity Revolution’ and it really is what we need. We need a revolution, ”Johnson said.
Through existing programs, Komen plans to connect patients to care through patient navigators, provide emotional and financial support, and help educate the wider community.
Young hopes this will help make a difference and save lives.
“It makes me feel good that it’s not just an African American problem, it’s everyone’s problem,” she said. “We all need to be involved. “