Disparities

The statistics are startling: the mortality rate from breast cancer is almost 40% higher for African American women than for Nebraska women as a whole. Some of this disparity can be attributed to barriers that limit the use of preventive screening services – including the lack of social support, misconceptions about tests and guidelines, and limited financial resources.

But there are other troubling issues. Even when breast cancer is caught in early stages, more African American women in Nebraska are dying from the disease than their peers in other ethnic groups.

Because of these disconcerting realities, the Metro African American Breast Cancer Task Force was formed. For Task Force documents, click here. To access an archive of related research, click here.

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