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Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

Did you know that studies have shown that your race and ethnicity can affect your chances of developing breast cancer?

White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than Black, Hispanic and Asian women. But Black women are more likely to develop aggressive, advanced-stage breast cancers at a younger age. They’re also more likely to die from this disease because of historical problems with access to care.

That’s why Elderplan strongly encourages all members and rewards them for getting their preventive screenings. Early detection and intervention result in more positive outcomes.

Your team at Elderplan is happy to help you schedule necessary screenings to allow for early detection.

You can also do several things to lower your risk of getting breast cancer. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating nutritious food
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting alcohol
  • Not smoking (or quitting if you do smoke)

At Elderplan, we value the health and wellness of our members. Knowing the basics about specific health conditions may help you be more aware of the risk factors to look for. As an Elderplan member, mammograms and other wellness screenings are free. So schedule your mammogram today!

If you need additional help and support, please contact Member Services or your Wellness Team at 718-759-4413. We can recommend other care options through one of our programs.

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