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Smash and Grab earlier?

#Mammograms should START at age 40 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced last year. Previously it was recommended every other year beginning at age 50. Breast health is an important conversation women should be having with their doctor. Conducting monthly self-breast exams can be an important first step.

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There is a large disparity that affects the African American population. Oftentimes there has been exposure to unsafe chemicals, racism, and policies that have affected the community. This all shapes the risk of breast cancer.  Black women are 40% more likely to die from #breast cancer than white women.  #Blackwomen have a lower rate of survival after their breast cancer risks due to access to doctors, health care factors.  Where is the closest location to receive treatment?

Research is being conducted now to identify risk factors and establish more protective factors. According to #YoungSurvivalCoalition, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. However, it is harder to find in younger women due to the density of the breast tissue.  It is important to stay well informed.  Stay up to date on your physicals and screenings.  It is also important to know your family history!  Talk to relatives.  This knowledge could be lifesaving information.

Writer: Ednisha Knighten @Ednishathewriter — Image: — Follow more at Black Girl News @itsblackgirlnews 


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