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Black Women More Likely to Die Of Breast Cancer Than White Women

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According to a study released today, black women in Chicago die at a higher rate from breast cancer than white women.

The Sinai Urban Health Institute studied breast cancer mortality rates over more than 20 years.

Steven Whitman, one of the study’s authors, says, “Black women in Chicago have not gained at all - nothing - from the advances that we have made in mammography...from early detection, from treatment, and so on. That’s a terrible situation and it has to be remedied.”

The researchers found that black women in Chicago were 75 percent more likely to die after developing breast cancer than white women in 2003.

Whitman also announced the formation of a city-wide task force to address the disparity.

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