One’s race can be classified by the individual in question because it is said to be unrelated to one’s genetics. Race is not a completely scientific classification because it is hard to determine based on blood tests or other medical tests. Therefore, the difference between one’s genetics and one’s race, is the ability to identify scientifically one’s background. Genetics are used to help classify humans based on their biological composition. Although humans may choose to classify themselves as part of a race that is not obvious based on outward appearance, the majority of people can be classified into a race without having to ask them what race they identify themselves with. Now the question of one’s health comes into question because the combination of one’s genetics and race form a predictor of what disease a person may encounter in his life. For example, the U.S. Pima are a race of people with similar genetics, but the unfortunate problem with their specific race and gene makeup is that they are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes. In summary, one’s genetics (a scientifically proven fact) along with one’s race (an occasionally debatable descriptor) can come together to project one’s health.
I identify with the “Caucasian woman” title because I am not a foreigner, and I do not associate with any religion. Breast cancer is obviously a well known illness, but many people do not realize that the race it most affects is that of Caucasian women. I believe that breast cancer has spread among Caucasian women this much because it is an illness that many women are able to survive through, and those same women end up having children thereby passing down their genes. The fact that it is prevalent among Caucasian women more than any other race may be because many Caucasian women are religious and therefore feel an obligation to have many children, meaning they pass their genes onto more offspring.
“Incidence and Morality of Breast Cancer by Race,” Halls MD, accessed July 10, 2014, http://www.breast-cancer.ca/survival-statistics/race-incidence-mortality.htm.