Breast cancer doesn’t respect race, class or gender. The American Cancer Society estimates about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed this year.
Two weeks ago, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of the long-running HBO hit “Veep,” announced via Twitter that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The overall survival rate for breast cancer diagnosed in 2005 to 2011 was 80 percent for black women compared to 91 percent for white women, according to the American Cancer Society.
“It has long been recognized that these gaps in mortality and survival largely reflect socioeconomic disparities,” said Carol DeSantis, the lead author of a 2016 report by the American Cancer Society, “African Americans’ Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop, Reducing Disparities for Some Cancer Types.”
Shradha Agarwal, co-founder and president of Outcome Health, is convinced that equipping doctors’ offices with devices that allow patients to access medical information while they are in the waiting or exam rooms, will help reduce health care disparities.
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