Breast Cancer and Race: Disparities and Mental Health Effects

Breast Cancer and Race: Disparities and Mental Health Effects

Lola Fayanju, MD, explains racial disparities in breast cancer care, diversity in clinical trials, and the resources she recommends to her patients who are feeling stress and anxiety.
Sep 17, 2020
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Breast cancer is a crisis in its own right. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused many doctors’ offices and treatment facilities to close, so breast cancer screenings and treatments have been delayed for months. When some areas were just starting to schedule appointments again, many people experienced additional trauma due to the killing of George Floyd and potentially even more limited access to medical facilities. All of this fear, anxiety, and uncertainty can lead to sky high stress and despair levels, especially for people of color who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

In this podcast, Dr. Lola Fayanju talks about some of the disparities we see in breast cancer, as well as some ways to ease stress and despair.

Listen to the podcast to hear her explain:

  • some of the disparities in breast cancer care and some of the reasons behind the disparities

  • the idea of choice and how that affects the diversity of enrollment in clinical trials

  • the resources she recommends to her patients who are feeling stress and anxiety

About the guest
 
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Oluwadamilola "Lola" Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS, FACS

Dr. Fayanju is the Helen O. Dickens Presidential Associate Professor and chief of breast surgery at Penn Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA

— Last updated on July 31, 2022, 10:20 PM

 
 
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