ERIC Number: ED157982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Health Issues Facing Black Women.
Reid, Inez Smith
Black women in the United States experience a high incidence of serious health problems and, as a group, receive insufficient and inadequate medical care. The death rate for black women suffering from breast cancer has increased substantially since 1950. Also of great concern is the high incidence of cervical cancer in low income black women throughout the world. There is a great deal to be done in the area of public education, detection, and health care if the rates of dysplasia and carcinoma are to be lowered. The rate of hypertension for blacks is twice that for whites. Diseases of the digestive system and mental disorders also take the lives of large numbers of black Americans. Data from a 1970 study indicated that black women have been subjected to more contraceptive operations than white women. Black women, low income women, and mentally retarded women have also been subjected to experimental or careless use of potentially dangerous drugs and medical techniques. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cancer, Disease Control, Disease Incidence, Diseases, Economic Factors, Females, Health Needs, Health Services, Hypertension, Medical Services, Mental Disorders, Socioeconomic Influences, Special Health Problems
Not available separately; See UD 018 455
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Educational Equity Group. Women's Research Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents see UD 018 393, UD 018 516-522 and UD 018 524