Study Finds Black Women Less Likely to Survive Uterine Cancer
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that African American women are less likely to survive uterine cancer. It also found that rates of the cancer are rising in the United States, particularly among black and Asian women.

Researchers in the study analyzed more than 120,000 cases of uterine cancer diagnosed in the U.S. between 2000 and 2011.

The study also indicated that death rates for aggressive uterine cancer among black women were more than 1.5 times higher than among white women.

“It was somewhat surprising that the [uterine] cancer survival disparity we identified was limited to non-Hispanic black women, because many of the challenges previously linked to worse outcomes, including low socioeconomic status and high rates of obesity and diabetes, are also experienced by Hispanic women, but that population did not have poor outcomes,” study author Michele Cote said in a journal news release

Though there is no proven way to prevent uterine cancer, there are ways to lower the risk of getting it. Health experts recommend the following:

  • Taking birth control pills
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting genetic testing or learning family history by talking to
  • Considering uterine cancer risk before starting hormone replacement therapy during menopause, and ensuring that you’re taking an appropriate progestin to protect the lining of the uterus.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.