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From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Link flagged between racism, breast cancer
Posted Fri Jul 6, 2007 7:27am AEST
The study, which followed 59,000 African-American women for six years, found that those who reported more incidents of racial discrimination had a higher risk of breast cancer.
Researchers found the relationship was stronger among women younger than 50.
They say this finding is particularly interesting in light of the fact that, unlike the case with older women, breast cancer is more common among young black women than young white women.
The researchers led by Dr Teletia R Taylor of Howard University in Washington DC say it is possible racial discrimination plays some role.
They have reported their findings in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Past studies have suggested that perceived racial discrimination can take a toll on a person’s health over time.
A possible explanation is that unjust treatment serves as a source of chronic stress, which itself has been linked to poorer physical health.
In the current study, women were asked how often they faced “everyday” discrimination, like receiving poorer service than other people at stores, or feeling that people are “afraid” of them or act superior to them.
They were also asked whether they had ever been treated unjustly on the job, in trying to get housing, or by the police – all considered examples of “major” discrimination.
Overall, Dr Taylor’s team found women who said they frequently ran up against everyday types of discrimination had a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
The same pattern was seen with major discrimination. For example, women who reported on-the-job discrimination had a 32 per cent higher risk of breast cancer than women who reported no such prejudice.
Women who said they had faced discrimination on the job, in housing and from the police were 48 per cent more likely to develop the disease than those who reported no incidents of major discrimination.
Dr Taylor’s team says more studies are needed to confirm these findings and to uncover the reasons for the connection between racism and breast cancer.
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