One of the first things you learn on a live show is to expect the unexpected! We initially were slated to start at 9:00am, but the program started about 10-13 minutes late due to the insertion of an important interview. Once the program was turned over to Sister Andrena, we chatted like old friends in a coffee shop.
Perhaps we chatted a bit too much, as we were later told that the intro was too long and were both reminded that “Um” is not a word (LOL!! Love the feedback!!!). The long intro only left us with 15 minutes for topic discussion, but we managed to cover a few points. Special thanks to my daughter, Ashley (aka my web designer/administrator), who was with us in the studio, producing a live twitter feed during the segment!! Not only was the information tweeted live, but those tweets can be viewed on the home page of www.DrKarenWinkfield.com!!
During the show, we tweeted a link to the CDC website on breast cancer statistics; the following day, the CDC retweeted our post, but the data had been updated through 2009!! Technology is amazing, but unfortunately, there was no change in the disparities related to breast cancer deaths. White women are diagnosed with breast cancer more frequently than any other race, although that gap is closing. Since 2003, the incidence of breast cancer (the number of women affected by the disease annually) has slowly gone down in white women, but has been slowly rising among blacks.
The increased incidence among African-American women may simply reflect improvements in breast cancer screening rates among black women. Lack of screening was one factor contributing to poorer breast cancer outcomes, as black women tended to be diagnosed with later stages of disease, frequently presenting with a lump that they felt on self-exam. The 2010 data shows the same screening rates for black and white women.
What can black women do to improve this statistic?? Education is key!!! Women of ALL races/ethnicities are encouraged to develop a breast health program.
- Self awareness – know your body!
- Annual physical exam, including a breast exam – if you don’t have a primary doctor, get one!
- Mammograms – discuss when to begin screening with your doctor.
If you find a lump, don’t let fear prevent you from getting checked out! Most lumps are NOT cancer!! But it is important to follow through. And if you are diagnosed with breast cancer, know what treatment options are available in your area, and don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion before you start treatment.
Finally, we must develop healthy lifestyles. I look forward to exploring how we can care for our physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being – in all circumstances!!
One drop of knowledge can ripple through an entire community ~