The facts are clear. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African-American women. And black women’s breast cancer mortality rates are higher than their white female counterparts. After lung cancer, breast cancer is the highest killing cancer among black women. And unfortunately, the solution to this problem is multifaceted. Black women’s high breast cancer mortality rates could be caused by the differences in access to medical care, utilization of early detection precautions, treatment, and differences in tumor characteristics compared to their white female counterparts.
In terms of early detection, it’s essential that every woman learns how to perform an efficient breast self-exam, but mammograms are another option that women often seem to fear. Here are nine things you should know about mammograms.