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The 3 Crucial Things Black Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

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Do you know your girls well? Shyrea Thompson, senior director of Strategic Initiatives at Susan G. Komen, says African-American women are often diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Their statistics also reveal while breast cancer is often more detectable in white women, black women have a 40 percent higher chance of death from the disease. What does this mean for you? Watch Thompson joined by Breast cancer survivor and cancer surgeon, Dr. Lori Wilson discuss some symptoms and preventative measures on MadameNoire. 

 

 
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Mecca Russell, a rising senior at The New School in New York City, studies Journalism & Design. Both her coursework and internship experience reflect the intersections of reporting, photo, and documentary. She enjoys storytelling through mediums of film, writing, and photography and is inspired by journalism's power to tell untold stories. She's contributed to Teen Diaries & Pretty Girls Sweat as a weekly writer and reporter. When she is not editing or writing, Mecca is often found browsing through books at your local bookstore, sipping a matcha latte, or dripping in sweat after a HIIT and strength training workout in the early mornings. Mecca is also a singer-songwriter and can be found gigging around her city quite frequently. She looks forward to learning new ideas everyday and is always up for a challenge!