KANSAS CITY, MO. – In women, breast cancer mortality rates are higher than any other cancer except lung cancer. But black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other race.
It’s been almost a decade since Ollie Moss spoke to her friend Glenda Stone.
“We talked the whole time,” said Ollie Moss. “And we did things together. We went for a walk together. “
The inseparable couple were friends for years until Stone died of metastatic stage four breast cancer.
“Of course I was pretty sad because I lost my best friend,” said Moss.
Stone’s story is no stranger to women in the black community.
Dr. Linda Harrison, radiologist at Diagnostic Imaging Centers, said that white women are more likely to have breast cancer, but black women are 40% more likely to die from it.
“The best defense we have back is to find breast cancer early,” said Harrison. “If we find it early, there is a 99% chance of curing this breast cancer.”
Harrison urges black women to know their family history and to have annual checkups by their family doctor from the age of 20. Women aged 40 and over should have an annual mammogram instead.
If you are an insured patient and you have health insurance, the mammography is covered at no cost to you, ”Harrison said. “It’s really important.”
There are also no insurance options for women in Kansas and Missouri.
Moss just hopes that her best friend’s story will help save a life and draw attention to women in the Black Community.
Harrison said it was safe for women to get the vaccine and mammogram as well.
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