In April, Susan G. Komen for the Cure released theBreast Cancer Mortality Report: Closing the Gaps in Eight Communitiesalong with adocumentarywhich digs deep into eight communities with unusually high breast cancer mortality rates. The report reveals shocking racial disparities in breast cancer mortality rates, tremendous barriers that prevent low-income women from receiving care, and disturbing gaps in the implementation of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act that enable states to refuse treatment for women based on where they are screened (from http://www.komen.org ).
What truly bothers me about this issue is that some of the problems can be fixed. I live in a smaller North Carolina town, and one of the counties in my state was part of this study. Edgecombe County, NC has the 16th highest breast cancer mortality rate in the country! I cannot believe in today’s society ills like this exist. I absolutely love what Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said: “If terrorists unleashed a biological attack on American soil that started killing more than 1,500 Americans every day, as cancer does, we would mobilize every national resource to find an antidote or a cure. It is time - past time - for us to make cancer a national priority.” How true.