Cancer and Race Essay by Research Group

Cancer and Race
A discussion of whether cancer affects black and white people differently.
# 27513 | 1,020 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2003 in Medical and Health (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper evaluates the disparity of statistics such as that black women are less 12 percent less likely than white women to get breast cancer, but 29 percent more likely to die from the disease and how they are not caused by genetic factors, but are based on a simple pattern of logic. It analyzes how genetically speaking, black women are equally at risk with women of any other race and how two socially controllable factors change the equation -- education and money. It examines these two issues in an attempt to reach conclusions about how this disparity can be equalized or eliminated.

From the Paper:

"One of the larger realities is that cancer treatment is both a long and an expensive process, and that blacks are more likely to be in the poverty cycle than are whites. African-Americans represent one-third of the nation's poor (11.5 million out of 26 million) even though they represent 13% of the population. (Statistical abstract, 2000). Roberson pointed out in his counseling study that this lack of financial resources tends to involve African-Americans in tangible, immediate problems and does not favor the kind of conceptual or anticipatory initiatives necessary for preventive health behavior (Airhihenbuwa, 1992)."

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