Knowing that our black and brown brothers and sisters are more likely to die (whatever the actual reasons) keeps me up at night. Breast Cancer, particularly Metastatic Breast Cancer, is a horrible disease and to start out with yet another hurdle is nearly unthinkable. That anyone who is dealing with something so life changing then also needs to think about a lack of access to good care and a medical system that is biased against them is just unconscionable.
We all need to be aware of what is, rather than what we hope might be.
Black and brown people, generally, are much more reluctant to participate in clinical trials, the vital research seeking to answer the questions necessary to find an actual cure.
If the participants in a trial aren’t representative of the population needing the medication, then how effective can that medication be?
We all need to be part of the antidote to this problem.
So, look around and see who is in the room. We all need to pay attention and we all need to speak up to ensure that our sisters and brothers are included. Only when we each take responsibility for these wrongs will the system change.