White Americans – Breast Cancer

source: http://ww5.komen.org/breastcancer/statistics.html

The health disparity I chose to talk about is breast cancer. When I was looking on the internet it was the most talked about disparity among white american women so I figured it would be a good choice. As with other cancers, breast cancer is when cells divide and grow without normal control, and 50-75% of all cases will start in the ducts. It is the most common cancer of women in all ethnic groups, but it is still the most prevalent in white women. I found it interesting that the website also provided the mortality rates for breast cancer and Michigan had a rate of 24 deaths per 100,000 women. I think it is prevalent among white women because of genetics, since you are more likely to get it if you have a close relative who has had it. I also learned from one of the websites that hormones play a role in the development of breast cancer so this could also be a reason.                  sources: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-what-causes ; http://ww5.komen.org/understandingbreastcancerguide.html

Health can be related to many more things than just race and genetics. Things such as environmental factors also play a big role is determining the health outcome of a person. Another thing to point out is that the term race, cannot be defined very well and many people have different meanings for this. This makes it hard to categorize people, because some people identify with more than one group. Another point is that if you do decide to group people by race, this doesn’t mean that there genetics are the same and that they will respond the same way to certain treatments. Some populations are more prevalent in a certain disease, populations differ in genetic variants. It is also good to point out that no one disease is exclusive to one group. This means that we cannot just assume the health of a person based on what group they associate themselves with.

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