Feb 22, 2021 07:16PM dreaming wrote:
I will comment from my experience as an advocate, activist for breast cancer, retired after 30 years from a cancer center, member of boards for Cancer for the underserved,diverse population.
It is all cultural ,an American black lady will not act the same as black lady from the Caribbean, Colombia,Brasil,Africa when it comes to their health, cultures,values,traditions are different.
While I was active in a cancer organization that targeted culture, I created a program of volunteers to teach in high school about cancer,symptoms, care,because the young could explain and teach parents.
We also sent volunteers to places where women meet to teach like churches.
We were very succesful.
We had a yearly Conference to address with role playing believes about health in different communities based on religion, ethnicity, culture.
We have community clinics, that diagnose for free, mobile mammography free, check local hospitals there are months for free breast exams,skin cancer and so on.
I collaborate with The Rose in Houston years back, a clinic example of dedication to the health of the underserved that are people with no insurance.
Once diagnosed one can qualify for Medicaid or Hospital Charity care.
One has to be responsible for one life, get second opinion, every hospital has social workers that work with patients that can have financial, insurance, work problems.
One reason why we get many coming to the USA to be treated because there are many options for who do not have medical insurance.
I believe is more a socio economic,cultural problem ,not a race problem.