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Los afroamericanos y el cáncer de útero

Connect with other people of color who have been diagnosed with cancer at our weekly support group.

Saturdays at 10 am at New Hope Baptist Church at 3701 Colorado Blvd. This group offers both in-person and online support. For more information or to register, contact 303-724-1235.  

  • African American individuals are three times more likely to have an unfavorable subtype of endometrial cancer and an associated five-year survival rate that is 40-50% than others diagnosed with endometrial cancer.

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  • 41% of endometrial cancers in black individuals are found to have spread to nearby lymph nodes, tissues, organs, or distant parts of the body compared to 27% in white people.

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  • 23% of African American individuals are more likely to have uterine sarcomas compared to 9% of white people, 3% more likely to have clear cell carcinomas vs. 2% for white people, and 12% to have serous carcinomas vs. 5% for white people.

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  • Studies have also found that 27% of African Americans present with Stage III or IV disease, while only 14% of white people do.

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  • The five-year survival rate for uterine cancer is 62% in black individuals compared to 83% in white people.

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  • Five-year mortality rate is 39% among black individuals compared with 20% among white people.

A partir de 2023, se publicaron varios estudios históricos que destacan el vínculo entre los alisantes químicos para el cabello (que descomponen las proteínas del cabello para alisarlo) y el aumento de las tasas de cáncer de útero.

 

En octubre de 2023, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos propuso prohibir los productos para alisar y alisar el cabello que contengan formaldehído, un ingrediente que se sabe que causa cáncer.

La última investigación sobre los efectos de los alisantes para el cabello fue publicada el 10 de octubre de 2023 por la Universidad de Boston. Según el Estudio de salud de las mujeres negras, o BWHS, las mujeres negras posmenopáusicas que han usado alisadores químicos para el cabello más de dos veces al año o durante más de cinco años tienen un mayor riesgo de desarrollar cáncer de útero.  

Según otro estudio publicado en 2022, las muertes por cáncer de útero están aumentando en los Estados Unidos y son más altas entre las mujeres negras no hispanas, según investigadores del Instituto Nacional del Cáncer (NCI), parte de los Institutos Nacionales de Salud.

 

Las tasas de mortalidad más altas están relacionadas con la creciente incidencia de subtipos agresivos de cáncer de útero. Los investigadores encontraron que, de 2010 a 2017, las muertes de mujeres de todos los grupos raciales y étnicos por cáncer de útero aumentaron en general un 1,8 % por año. Las muertes por subtipos de cáncer de útero no endometrioides, que son más agresivos que los cánceres endometrioides, aumentaron un 2,7% por año, mientras que las tasas de mortalidad por cáncer endometrioide se mantuvieron estables durante este período. Las mujeres negras tenían más del doble de tasa de muertes por cáncer de útero en general y de subtipos no endometrioides en comparación con otros grupos raciales y étnicos.

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Chemical Hair Relaxers and Uterine Cancer

As of 2023, several landmark studies were published highlighting the link between chemical hair relaxers — which break down proteins in hair to straighten it — and increased rates of uterine cancer.

According to another study published in 2022, deaths from uterine cancer are rising in the United States, and are highest among non-Hispanic Black women, according to researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

 

The higher death rates are related to the rising incidence of aggressive subtypes of uterine cancer. The researchers found that, from 2010 to 2017, deaths of women from all racial and ethnic groups from uterine cancer overall increased 1.8% per year. Deaths from non-endometroid subtypes of uterine cancer—which are more aggressive than endometrioid cancers—increased by 2.7% per year, whereas endometrioid cancer mortality rates were stable during this period. Black women had more than twice the rate of deaths from uterine cancer overall and of non-endometrioid subtypes compared with other racial and ethnic groups.

Informational Videos

What Black Women need to know about Endometrial Cancer

Recognizing the symptoms of Endometrial Cancer

Important Resources  

Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African-Americans (ECANA) - a group of women who have come together to create support, community, and empowerment for any African-American woman affected by endometrial cancer.

Uterine Cancer Support Group for Women of African Descent - meets virtually the 2nd Monday of every month from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MT. Hosted by SHARE Cancer Support.

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