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Breast Cancer’s Toll on African-American Women

According to the National Cancer Institute, NCI, nearly 27,000 African-American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. While they are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they are more likely to die from it than any other race and are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Lack of medical coverage, unequal access to improved treatments, and barriers to early detection and screening, account for the striking racial disparities according to NCI. Across the board, the death rate for all cancers combined is 25 percent higher for African-American women than …

 

Breast Cancer, Medical Bills and Health Insurance

Life after breast cancer may hold concerns and issues that impact on your quality of life. Two main issues are…medical bills and health insurance.
Life for some survivors includes finding ways to pay off medical expenses related to treatment, expenses not entirely covered by their insurance plans Unfortunately they will be doing so for some time to come. Most private insurance plans have co-pays that can be substantial when you have surgery, chemo and/or radiation.
Here are some suggestions for dealing with the medical bills impacting on your life following treatment from Laura Riley, ESQ, in her post of 7/29/2011 on the …

 

After Active Treatment…Then What?

After completing active treatment your treatment journey may not be over.
Depending on the results of the path report there may still be other treatments or medication regimens that your oncologist recommends to prevent a recurrence.
If your cancer was estrogen-fed (ER positive) your oncologist will want you to take hormone therapy(orally) daily for five years. It is important that you understand why you are taking this medication; how it is intended to work in your body; what you can anticipate as side effects and what actions and/or medications you can take to reduce the discomfort of any sided effects you may …