• FOX23 INVESTIGATES: Dying from breast cancer

    By: Michelle Linn


    TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts: 

    • American Cancer Society study shows Oklahoma has the second highest breast cancer mortality rate for African-American women in the country with nearly 50% more African-American women than white women dying from the disease.
    • Researchers believe the disease is more aggressive in African-American women, but also believe it is more fatal because it’s caught later.
    • Tulsa oncologist Dr. Kyle Brett blames a lack of access to health care and low health care spending in Oklahoma for the higher mortality rate.
    • Ida Ivey, director of women’s health programs for Morton Comprehensive Health Care, says women are getting mammograms too late and by the time the cancer is found, it's already spread.
    • Connecticut and Oklahoma had the same number of African-American women diagnosed with breast cancer, but Connecticut’s mortality rate is much lower: 20 out of 100,000 compared to Oklahoma’s 33 out of 100,000.
    • According to data from a 2014 Kaiser Family Foundation report, Connecticut spends more than $9,800 per capita compared to Oklahoma’s $7,600 on health care.
    • Dr. Brett and Ivey say early detection is key to survival and screening mammograms is the best way to catch breast cancer.
    • WATCH FOX23 Michelle Linn's investigation above.
    • Resources to help women get a screening mammogram if they are uninsured or underinsured include: 
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