According to a statistic released in 2012, more than 1.7 million women from around the world suffer from breast cancer. Among the leading cancers diagnosed in women, nearly 25 percent of the cases relate to breast cancer. Now it seems that, pink ribbons are not enough for black patients.
In a letter addressed to Washington authorities, cancer-survivor and oncological surgeon Lori Wilson, expressed her plea regarding better screening among African-Americans.
Misses Wilson starts her letter by saying that she is a cancer survivor and that she emphasizes with the women out there who are struggling every day with this affliction. She also adds in her open letter addressed to the US government that in most cases, traditional treatment for African-American women yields no results and the outcome is the same.
As someone who has endured numerous cancer therapies such as chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, Wilson knows how painful it must be for a patient who is diagnosed with this disease. Very often, she added, these courses of treatment are not enough for African-American women.
During her career, as an OR specialist, she has seem numerous cancerous formation and how they behave in different persons. And that she could state for a fact that African-American women are affected even that other ethnicities.
Lori Wilson urges the Government and the White House to grant National Health Institutes additional funding in order to develop a system capable of picking up early cancerous tumors in African-American women.
Given for a fact that breast cancers progress more aggressively in black women, the present screening procedures must be changed. New equipment and new screening protocols must be employed in order to help physicians detect early breast tumors.
Pink ribbons are not enough for black patients, so it would seem if we take a closer look at Lori Wilson’s letter addressed to Washington.
Wilson’s plea may have the capacity of granting us that little incentive in order to actually turn ideas into actions. Each day, women from all the world are diagnosed with this form of cancer. In most of the cases, the cancerous tumors are picked up very late, thus diminishing the patient’ rate or survival.
By offering additional research grants to the Health Institutes, the Government insures that each person, mindless of race of ethnical background, can reap the benefits. Refined screening procedures, alongside with new medication could offer these patients a change in fighting back.