Hey Twitter! Exactly a year ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. That means a removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. The whole sink!
The good news: I don't have endometrial cancer right now!
The meh news: Menopause is a beast! Being a cancer survivor is hard in its own ways.
Your chances of surviving endometrial cancer might depend on your race unfortunately. This is the same cancer that took Gwen Ifill away from us. Black women have a 55-percent higher mortality rate after diagnosis than other groups of women
One of the few people in the country studying this is Dr @KemiDoll. Her research focuses on disparities in uterine cancer [endometrial cancer is the most common type of uterine cancer]
“Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer; 1 in 37 women get it but there’s not a single study where we’ve even talked to Black women about their experiences with it, and how their experiences may differ from everyone else’s.” Dr @KemiDoll
African-American women across every educational and income level have a much lower chance of receiving critical early diagnosis, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths each year.
I feel so lucky to be alive! and to have your attention. If you can, please donate to Dr @KemiDoll's critical research @UW! Scroll all the way down to donate to her specific area of research "Support for Black Women’s Gynecological Health Program Fund" https://t.co/drYLBQmkNa pic.twitter.com/QkHYYiUR4I
Thank you so much for indulging me. Hope you do something very nice for yourself today. The days can feel very long but the years really do zip by so fast. It's all entirely too short. xA