FEMALE AFRICAN DESCENT HEALTH DISPARITIES
Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women. Multiple factors contribute to these disparities, such as variation in quality healthcare, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias.
Heart Disease is the No. 1 cause of death in women in the U.S. and black women have a higher risk of dying. Of black women ages 20 and older, 49% suffer from heart diseases. Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 black women annually. Only 1 in 5 black women believes she is personally at risk.
Black women are at greater risk than white women of developing a handful of cancers, including breast, colon/rectum, lungs and cervix. Black women have a 31% breast cancer mortality rate – the highest of any U.S. racial group. The mortality rates for cervical cancer are also higher amongst black women. This is a result of the quality of health care, and structural racism.
Dallas Reed, MD
Chief of Genetics, Obstetrician / Gynecologist
Tufts Medical Center
860 Washington St. Boston MA 02111 Hours 8am - 5pm
Phone Number : (617) 636-5000
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