Skip to comments.Racial discrimination tied to breast cancer risk
Posted on 07/05/2007 12:06:50 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Black women who feel they've been victims of racial discrimination are more likely than their peers to develop breast cancer, a large study suggests. 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
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Correct. Depression probably has more to do with their “development” of breast cancer (not to mention genetics), or rather, the cancer intensifies their feelings of depression. The problem is that depression can be attributed to a variety of sources, and “racism” is simply low-hanging fruit in this regard.
Well I’m a cancer survivor, and I got it some years after I suffered some rather serious discrimination from a vicious leftoid boss, so I guess I should be able to sue now!!
Time to start the “When does Jesse Jump In” office pool
# 11 you nailed it,best post of the day. Why isn’t there this kind of open discussion in our newspapers and television media?
Next they’ll be blaming their breast cancer on KFC.
Victims = votes for the 2008 election. A woman president would feel their pain, as would her husband.
Who is Dr. Teletia of Howard University, and who paid for the study? Whoever funded the study most likely got the results they were paying for.
I just tore some of my hair out reading this headline, and I don’t even have any hair to begin with.
The association between perceived discrimination and breast cancer incidence was assessed in the Black Women’s Health Study.
STARTING THE BWHS
Before seeking National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for the study, we set out to show that out idea was feasible. We decided that a follow-up design was best and developed a questionnaire. The questionnaire asked about age, education, contraceptive use, smoking, and other factors that might be related to health and disease. The National Education Association allowed us to mail questionnaires to a sample of black female teachers; the federal government delivered questionnaires through their personnel offices to a sample of black female employees; and Essence magazine gave us access to a sample of subscribers after we had paid a fee. The completed questionnaires that were returned to us showed clearly that enough black women were willing to provide useful and accurate health information to make a study feasible. After submitting a detailed grant proposal to NIH, review of the proposal, and revision, we received funding. The entire process, from developing the idea and conducting the studies to show that our study would work, to receiving funding for the BWHS, took about four years. With the funding secured, in 1995 we sent health questionnaires to subscribers to Essence magazine, women who had participated in our feasibility studies, members of the Black Nurses Association, and friends and relatives of respondents. The 59,000 women who returned completed questionnaires became the members of the BWHS.
HOW LONG WILL THE BWHS LAST?
The BWHS celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2005. The first NIH grant for the BWHS was for 5 years. The study was continued for a second 5-year period, and again for a further 5 years (until 2009). We will continue to apply for re-funding every 5 years and hope that the study will continue.
You won’t be able to sue if your boss was a leftist. You can only sue if you were discriminated against by a WASP conservative. Different kind of cancer. /sarc
I can think of one, but its akin to "blaming the victim".
Their own racial paranoia leads them not to get medical care, since they think the doctors are bigots, and thus by not getting care, or refusing it, they raise their own risks.
Hmmmm. It's just an association of two phenomena, which could be completely unrelatedand thus, worthless as science. But hang on, I have an idea of how a causal relationship might actually exist:
First, it's been established in peer-reviewed scientific journals (but not the mainscream media) that women who have induced abortions increase their lifetime risk of breast cancer by approximately 40 percent. This background fact helps us generate an hypothesis that might explain the associattion of the phenomena mentioned above:
Part I: The cohort of women who self-identify as victims of racial discrimination includes a large proportion who are in denial about their own responsibility for what happens to them in life.
Part II: Furthermore, suppose that the cohort of women who live in denial about their own responsibility for what happens to them includes a large number who have sex outside of marriage, and then get induced abortions.
The hypothesis is testable. Think Howard's scientists will be interested?
Would you say never, once a year, once a month, once a week, once a day, once an hour, or constantly? This question has already been included on the Reactions to Race module that was piloted on the 2002 BRFSS. It has also been included on two large postal surveys, the 1995 Nurses Health Study II (NHS II with 93,681 respondents, Walter Willett, Principal Investigator) and the 1997 Black Womens Health Study (BWHS with 53,269 respondents, Lynn Rosenberg and Lucile Adams-Campbell, Principal Investigators).
...the distribution of frequency of thinking about ones race is almost identical between the black women responding to the 1997 BWHS and the black women responding to the 1995 NHS II, even though these are entirely different groups of women who were queried two years apart. Further note that the distribution of race-consciousness for the white women responding to the NHS II differed markedly from the distribution for the black women in NHS II, even though both groups were nurses and they were surveyed at the same time. More than 50% of the white women in NHS II reported that they never think about their race, and only 0.3% reported thinking about their race constantly. On the other hand, 21% of the black women in NHS II and 22% of the black women responding to BWHS reported thinking about their race constantly, and roughly 50% of the black women in both groups reported thinking about their race once a day or more frequently. The distribution of frequency of thinking about ones race for Asian and Hispanic respondents to NHS II was intermediate between the black and white distributions.
Ergo, those who perceive racial discrimination have a separate reason for having a higher breast-cancer rateand it happens to be a factor in both. That reason would be: a habit of psychological denial.
“How often do you think about your race?” Well every 2nd weekend in August we have our St. Rocco Feast and break out the Italian flags. Does that count?
The objective authority of science, already on the ropes, takes another cross on the point of the chin.
Where were the buses?? Where them be at?!
Saturday, February 21, 1998
WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET
Includes Over $400 Million to Develop New Approaches and to Build on Existing Successes to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
The fiscal year 2003 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contains nearly $3 billion in funds to research health disparity issues, an increase of $600 million in just two fiscal years. This includes $187 million for NIHs National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, the federal focal point for biomedical minority research activities.