Nowadays, there has been a huge concern due to the relationship between race, genetics, and health. US race categories of classification largely traduce human biogenetic difference. It concludes that race’s function is often taken for granted and that ‘rational medicine’ cannot precede a rational approach to addressing the nature of racial disparities, difference and inequality in health and society.
Race is where we categorize different people by their skin color, culture, and their backgrounds. Genetics is where a parent passes certain genes onto their children or offspring. It can explain heredity traits and can be the reason how the risk of certain diseases and disorders being passed on. Health is a where our body is physically, mentally and socially functioning. It can be the way we choose our lifestyle, the activities we do in our daily lives, and also how to control and maintain our mindsets.
Here we can see that from 1999–2011, the rate of women dying from cervical cancer has varied, depending on their race and ethnicity. This graph below shows that in 2011, black women were more likely to die of cervical cancer than any other group, followed by Hispanic, white, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.
Asian American women have one of the lowest rates of screening compared to other ethnic/racial groups. Studies explained that Asian American women have lack of knowledge, psychosocial and cultural beliefs, and access barriers, therefore are associated with cervical cancer screening behaviors. In order to reduce the number of Asian American women with cervical cancer, community-based cervical cancer screening programs felt the need to increase awareness and knowledge and promoting recommended screening behaviors.
This topic is very interesting to me because I myself am an Asian American women. I am definitely concerned with cervical cancer, and even though we have the lowest rate of screening comparing to other racial groups. I am still aware that this is a serious matter for all women, including myself and my family, and I would love to learn more in order to prevent and educate myself from this illness.
“Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 27, 2014.