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Minority Women Should Sign Up For Study Looking At Breast Cancer

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Black women are "not showing up for mammograms early and often enough,"which contributes to a higher incidence of breast cancer and mortalityrate from the disease, a Philadelphia Inquirereditorial says. According to the editorial, part of the reason forblack women's "delay is a 'what I don't know can't hurt me' mentality."

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Access to care; differences in diet, exercise, and alcohol andtobacco use between black and white women; and the roles of geneticsand the environment should be addressed, the editorial states.

The editorial points to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' effort to recruit 50,000 women who had a sister with breast cancer to participate in the Sister Study. The studyaims to determine how environment and genetics affect a woman's risk ofbreast cancer, and minority women participants are "[p]articularlyneeded," the editorial says. It adds, "If you're a sister, andespecially if you're a sistah, sign up for the Sister Study -- and makean appointment for a mammogram."

The editorial says, "Women need to be armed with all the information available to fight this disease" (Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/10).

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