When it came to breast cancer diagnoses, black women in America were once 68 percent more likely to die than white women.
Several factors may have contributed to this result, including lack of access to early detection and treatment. But over the last 15 years, the U.S. has been working on closing this racial disparity in breast cancer deaths, with Chicago one of the leading cities in that effort. A recent study by the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force found that, at least in Chicago, that gap has been brought down from 68 percent to 39 percent.
We speak with Anne Marie Murphy, executive director of the MCBC Task Force, about what Chicago has been doing right.