Is Ovarian Cancer Racist?
It's not news that there are many diseases that show racial
differences in incidence, treatment success, and survival rates. Ovarian cancer,
however, shows one of the most glaring examples of racial disparity in medicine.
Ovarian cancer remains a lethal diagnosis for many women.
But between 1960 and 1992, the ovarian cancer survival rate increased 14% for
white women and only 8% for African American women. Ironically, national statistics
show that African American women have a much lower incidence of ovarian cancer
than white or Hispanic women, but they have much higher death rates from ovarian
cancer than either of these two groups. In addition, African American women
are less likely than white women to survive five years after being diagnosed
with ovarian cancer, regardless of their stage of illness. African American
women are also more commonly diagnosed with more widespread and therefore more
advanced stage ovarian cancer than are white women.
Like most cancers, survival from ovarian cancer is improved with earlier diagnosis
and treatment. For more information, click here.
Created: 7/11/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.