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Barriers to breast cancer screening, treatment cost Memphis black women’s lives


More than 150 people, most of them black women, packed into the Church Health Center last week to explore why black women here suffer most and how the community can help. Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’sinitiative on health disparities, had a request for the audience: Call out the names of women who have died from breast cancer.

Even if a poor woman knows about the mobile unit, if she doesn’t have a primary care doctor, there’s nowhere to send the results, said Dr. Linda Moses-Simmons, an obstetrician and gynecologist and UTHSC assistant professor.

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