July 13, 2011 in Our Health
Black women are in the midst of a health crisis. Learn more and find out what you can do to prevent it from impacting you and your loved ones. Discover the resources you can utilize to protect yourself, and find out how you can help combat the dangers facing us right in your own community.
Black women are 40% more likely to get cervical cancer and twice as likely to die from the disease as European-American women. Experts suggests that this may be largely due to biological differences and Black women’s inability to “clear HPV infections” as quickly as their white counterparts.
HIV infection rate for Black women in urban settings is 5x higher than the national average, and 5 times higher than the CDC previously estimated. The hotspots are: Atlanta, GA, New York City, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Newark, NJ, Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. A Black woman living in these cities is as likely to contract HIV as a Black woman living in the Congo!
Black women don’t like to admit it, but nearly 30% of our population is clinically depressed. In our communities, it is a badge of honor to be considered a “strong black woman”. The persevering sister that holds up through all manner of adversity is exactly what’s expected of a Black Woman. Depression is seen by many as a sign of weakness.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Black. “African American women have been ignored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.” Meet the Black women and organizations stepping up to fill the void, and battling Black women’s breast cancer head on.
Flesh-eating cocaine, cut with levamisole, is widespread in the streets of the USA. 75% of the cocaine seized by the DEA contains this additive, which creates dark purple and black rashes and scabs on the ears, nose and face. Then the skin rots away. If that wasn’t bad enough, this diluted coke also attacks the user’s white blood cells, shutting down the immune system, like leukemia or AIDS.
4 in 5 Black women are overweight or obese. Black women are 10% less likely to have been diagnosed with breast cancer; but 34% more likely to die from breast cancer, compared to white women. 48% of Black women are infected with genital herpes. Black people (only 13.5% of the population) account for more than 52% of Americans infected with HIV/AIDS. Black women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with, and die from diabetes. Black mothers are 2.5 times likely to begin prenatal care in the 3rd trimester, or not receive prenatal care at all. Black women are 30% more likely to report having serious psychological distress…
Contributor: Geighsha, writer, activist, consultant STRATEGIC CONCEPTS INTERNATIONAL, President/Founder… shares her battle with bipolar disorder and her victory overcoming this crippling disease.
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