RACE, CANCER, & HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES
- Amber was 26. She felt a lump a month prior but she, her mom and their physician friend dismissed the possibility of breast cancer because Amber was so young. She had just started a new position and had to wait a month for her health insurance to begin.
Upon her diagnosis that January, they learned very quickly that Amber had triple negative breast cancer, a most-aggressive and more difficult to treat breast cancer. Recurrence is more prevalent, and it is the only breast cancer that does not have a preventive drug to stop it from coming back. According to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, the disease disproportionately strikes younger women, African-American women and those with BRCA1 and 2 mutations.
Amber had all three of those factors.