Sophia George - University of Miami
Erin Kobetz - University of Miami
The frequencies, severity and outcomes of women afflicted with breast and gynecologic cancers vary by a myriad of intersecting factors. Among them, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and whether or not you are an immigrant. Research has shown that Caribbean-born black women that are immigrants develop a more severe case of cancer but have a better rate of survival compared with their US-born counterparts. This panel brings together leading figures in the women's cancer movement to raise awareness and understanding of the disease and bring attention to this under-researched phenomenon. What factors so strongly affect cancer in women in the diaspora? Why do US-born black women fare so badly, and how can we collectively use this research to identify at-risk women faster? What does cancer-ending policy look like? How can we end the feelings of hopelessness for all women afflicted with cancer?