Black breast cancer survivors report not getting enough information

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Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening

African-American breast cancer survivors were satisfied with their cancer treatment, but most were never offered clinical trials opportunities or support services during or after their treatment, according to a study by a UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and her community partner, Rev. Tammie Dynse.

The study, “The Unmet Needs of African-American Women with Breast Cancer,” involved interviews with 137 African-American women who survived breast cancer. Researchers sought to assess patients’ clinical experiences, concerns and needs, asking participants questions about their treatment, access to information, support services and clinical trials, insurance and employment status, general health and lingering effects of cancer treatment.

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African American Female HIV Rates Now Rival Africa

As we prepare to recognize National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day, a new research study has served as a wake up call for a community that might have gone too far.  The Center for Disease Control now estimates that 1 out of every 32 black women will be infected with HIV during her lifetime.  Although black women represent only 14 percent of the US female population, they constitute 66 percent of all new HIV infections.   The infection rates of black women in the United States rival those in the Congo and Kenya.

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