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Black Women & Breast Cancer



As a young black woman, I have seen firsthand how our community has lacked the necessary education and access to comprehensive breast health services. Too often, the age recommended for mammograms and other breast health screenings is 40, when in reality, many black and Latina women are being diagnosed with breast cancer at a much younger age. As a woman who was misdiagnosed for two years and eventually diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at 33, I understand the importance of early detection and believe that our young girls should understand the importance of breast health from a young age and have access to the necessary screenings.


When I was first diagnosed, it was a complete shock. I had known about breast cancer, of course, but I never thought that it would happen to me. In hindsight, I wish I had been more informed about the risks and signs of breast cancer, and if I had been, I may not have had to wait two years for a proper diagnosis. I understand now that early detection is key, and that if I had known more about breast health, my diagnosis may have been caught sooner.


That is why I believe that it is so important for young women, particularly in urban communities, to understand the importance of breast health. We need to make sure that our young girls understand the risks of breast cancer and have access to the necessary screenings. Breast health should not be limited to a certain age; it should be accessible to anyone, regardless of age.



Moreover, we need to make sure that our young girls are aware of the signs of breast cancer and understand the importance of early detection. Too often, young women are misdiagnosed or their symptoms are not taken seriously. It is essential that our young girls understand that if they notice any changes in their breasts, they should speak to their doctor and get the necessary screenings.


In conclusion, I believe it is crucial for young women, particularly those from urban communities, to understand the importance of breast health and have access to comprehensive breast health services. Early detection is key, and our young girls should understand the risks of breast cancer and the signs to look out for. We need to make sure that they are informed and have the resources they need to get proper screenings and diagnoses.

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