“Black women have higher rates of many illnesses, such as hypertension, breast cancer at young ages, diabetes, stroke, and lupus”.1

Umbrella
What may the Black Women’s Health Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Women’s Health
  • Women’s Health Conditions
  • Women’s Health Diseases
  • Women’s Health Issues

Illnesses

What illnesses do black women have higher rates of?

In About the Black Women’s Health Study the (United States) Boston University Sloane Epidemiology Center elaborate on:

“Black women have higher rates of many illnesses, such as hypertension, breast cancer at young ages, diabetes, stroke, and lupus”.2

Heart DiseaseBlack Women National Health Policy Agenda 2020-2021

Is there an association between Black women and heart disease?

On page 29 Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2020 – 2021: G. Cardiovascular Health the (United States) Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) elaborate on:

“Heart disease is the number-one killer of Black women, with cancer and stroke as other leading causes of death. According to the American Heart Association, among African American women ages 20 and older, nearly half (48.3%) already have cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD kills nearly 50,000 Black women annually, but only one in five Black women believes she is personally at risk”.3

High Blood Pressure

Is there an association between Black women and high blood pressure?

In AMA, National Coalition Announce Campaign With ESSENCE To Advocate for Heart Health With Black Women the American Medical Association elaborate on:

“According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of high blood pressure among Black adults in the U.S. is among the highest in the world, with the prevalence of high blood pressure in Black women nearly 40% higher than white women in the U.S. Additionally, almost 80% of Black adults living with high blood pressure do not have it controlled to goal, placing them at increased risk of heart attack and stroke”.4

Release the Pressure

What is Release the Pressure?

In About Us the (United States) Release the Pressure explain:

Release the Pressure “Our mission is to join Black women in taking preventive action to protect their heart health. We’re encouraging Black women to be a part of a healthy blood pressure movement. And we want you to join us”.5

Breast Cancer

What are some differences between breast cancer and Black women compared to White woman?

In What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Now…Part 1 of a 3 Part Series With Dr. Lisa Newman: What Are Some of the Differences In the Way Breast Cancer Presents In Black Women (AA) vs Whites (WA)? Age? Dr Newman elaborates on:

“Breast cancer mortality/death rates are approximately 40% higher among African American women compared to White women.

African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced-stage breast cancer compared to White women; the tumors of AA patients are more likely to be larger and associated with spread to the axillary (underarm) lymph nodes (glands) at time of diagnosis compared to WA patients.

Risk of developing a breast cancer increases in ALL women as we get older, but AA women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages compared to WA women. For example, among women younger than 40-45 years old, the population-based incidence rates of breast cancer are higher for AA compared to WA women. Furthermore, approximately 30% of all newly-diagnosed AA breast cancer patients are younger than 50 years old, compared to only 20% of WA patients”.6

DiabetesBlack Women National Health Policy Agenda 2020-2021

Is there an association between Black women and diabetes?

On page 30 Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2021 – 2021: H. Diabetes the BWHI elaborate on:

“Compared to the general population, Black people are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes. For Black women, the risk is great: They are two to four times more likely than white women to have the disease. Type 2 diabetes affects one in every four Black women ages 55 and older, and is listed as the fourth leading cause of death for all ages. Diabetes is also widespread, affecting nearly 12 percent of all Black women ages 20 and older. As Black women age, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. While Black women ages 20 and older only account for 13 percent of the total female population in the United States, they represent 15 percent of all diabetes cases. Black women are especially at risk due to high rates of obesity, lack of physical activity, and stress. Many health care providers do not screen for prediabetes, so Black women who are at risk for Type 2 diabetes are oftentimes not aware it can be prevented”.7

FibroidsBlack Women National Health Policy Agenda 2020-2021

Is there an association between Black women and fibroids?

On page 19 Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2020 – 2021: E. Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Uterine – Fibroids the BWHI elaborate on:

“Black women suffer from uterine fibroids at two to three times the rate of white women; 80 percent of Black women will have them during their lifetime. Black women are also more likely to suffer from uterine fibroids at an earlier age and with greater levels of pain than women of other races, and they are more likely to undergo hysterectomy at some point for treatment. Around 25 percent of Black women will suffer from fibroids by the age of 25”.8

Menopause Age

Is there an association between Black women and menopause age?

In Menopause Is Different for Women of Color the author elaborates on:

Black Women’s Health

“In the US, the median age for reaching menopause (the point at which a person has gone for 12 consecutive months without a period) is 51. The research in SWAN shows that Black women reach menopause at 49, two years earlier than the national median age”.9

Menopause SymptomsBlack Women National Health Policy Agenda 2020-2021

Is there an association between Black women and menopause symptoms?

On page 22 Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2020 – 2021: E. Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice – Menopause the BWHI elaborate on:

“After menopause, for example, one of the most common discomforts is hot flashes, characterized by sudden feelings of warmth that spread over the upper body, often with blushing and sweating. Even there, the differences are stark. White women experience hot flashes for around 6.5 years after their final period, while for Latinas it’s 8.9 years, and for Black women it’s 10 years”.10

Health Care Provider

If I feel fine, do I still need to see my health care provider regularly?

Even if you feel fine, it may be in your best interest to choose to see your health care provider regularly.

In Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information the (United States) MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions”.11

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  1. About the Black Women’s Health Study. Boston University Sloane Epidemiology Center https://www.bu.edu/bwhs/ Accessed: 08 June 2021
  2. About the Black Women’s Health Study. Boston University Sloane Epidemiology Center https://www.bu.edu/bwhs/ Accessed: 08 June 2021
  3. Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2021 – 2021: G. Cardiovascular Health. 2020:29. Black Women’s Health Initiative https://3hqwxl1mqiah5r73r2q7zll1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/BWHI_NHPA_2020-21.pdf Accessed: 08 June 2021
  4. AMA, National Coalition Announce Campaign With ESSENCE To Advocate for Heart Health With Black Women. 04 June 2020. American Heart Association https://newsroom.heart.org/news/ama-national-coalition-announce-campaign-with-essence-to-advocate-for-heart-health-with-black-women Accessed: 08 June 2021
  5. About Us. Release the Pressure https://releasethepressure.org/about-us/ Accessed: 08 June 2021
  6. What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Now…Part 1 of a 3 Part Series With Dr. Lisa Newman: What Are Some of the Differences In the Way Breast Cancer Presents In Black Women (AA) vs Whites (WA)? Age? Accessed: 08 June 2021
  7. Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2021 – 2021: H. Diabetes. 2020:30. Black Women’s Health Initiative https://3hqwxl1mqiah5r73r2q7zll1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/BWHI_NHPA_2020-21.pdf Accessed: 08 June 2021
  8. Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2021 – 2021: E. Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice – Uterine Fibroids. 2020:19. Black Women’s Health Initiative https://3hqwxl1mqiah5r73r2q7zll1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/BWHI_NHPA_2020-21.pdf Accessed: 08 June 2021
  9. Velez, A. Menopause Is Different for Women of Color. 10 March 2021. https://www.endocrineweb.com/menopause-different-women-color Accessed: 08 June 2021
  10. Black Women Vote: National Health Policy Agenda 2021 – 2021: E. Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice – Menopause. 2020:22. Black Women’s Health Initiative https://3hqwxl1mqiah5r73r2q7zll1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/BWHI_NHPA_2020-21.pdf Accessed: 08 June 2021
  11. Health Screenings for Women Ages 40 To 64: Information. Review Date: 19 April 2020. Page Last Updated: 25 May 2021. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007467.htm Accessed: 08 June 2021

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