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Study shows: Minority women less likely to get screened for breast cancer

JACKSON, Miss. – A new study finds that Hispanic and Black women are less likely than white women to go through a breast cancer screening.

In the analysis, more than 39 studies were reviewed including the questioning of  6 million women, in the December Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Study author Dr. Ahmed Ahmed said, “Not only do black and Hispanic women get screened less than white women, but disparities also persist in two age groups: women who are 40 to 65 year old, and 65 and older.”
Every year, nearly one quarter of a million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. The Mississippi Department of Health says this year alone, 2,050 Mississippi women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

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