January 1, 2022

January 2022: Providing access to quality healthcare for Non-Hispanic Black women reduces mortality

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When it comes to breast cancer, Non-Hispanic Black women have a 40% higher mortality rate than Non-Hispanic White women. Additionally, Non-Hispanic Black women have dramatically lower rates of uptake of genetic testing and then, if testing finds variants that would warrant such actions, undergoing prophylactic preventative surgeries. To try to understand the cause of this disparity, a team of researchers conducted a study of more than 1300 breast cancer patients over 20 years. On this month’s GenePod, Rachel Ellsworth, director of translational breast research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, discusses the findings of the study and how they can be translated into clinical action.