Among the African American population of Rochester, Minnesota, black women diagnosed with cancer are statistically more likely to die sooner than white women diagnosed with cancer.  Similar statistics can be found nationwide.

Given the cancer resources the city of Rochester has dedicated to cancer screening, prevention and treatment, this shouldn’t be the case, said University of Minnesota, Rochester, health disparities researcher Starr Sage, Ph.D.

“Evidence has shown us that black women within the Rochester community don’t utilize the health service resources that are available to them in the same numbers that their white counterparts do,” said Sage. “The question is: Why?”

To answer that question, Sage and community partner Andre Crockett from Rochester’s Vision Church are two members of the team recently awarded a pilot grant from the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research. They’ll investigate the best ways to communicate cancer prevention to black women and improve outcomes for those already diagnosed. They’ve teamed up with Mayo Clinic for the project …

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