The black community needs to be aware of the health issues which affect them disproportionaltely to tackle them head on.
Numerous studies have identified various health issues that affect the black population disproportionately. There has been an increasing number of heart-related problems and mental health issues which are becoming more prominent among black people. The reasons behind this trend are not just genetic or physical but also encompass the socio-economic disparities which aggravate health issues.
Tackling these health concerns is a big problem and the black community needs to be aware of the dangers first before they can get started. An article by Daniel J. DeNoon for WebMD reflects on these problems and presents the statistics which people need to be aware of, especially the following 7.
1) Despite the success rate of cancer treatment being the same for white or black people, the death rate from cancer is 40% more among black men and 20% more among black women.
2)Between the age-group 35-54 years, the stroke rates are 4 times more for black Americans than white.
3)Black people develop high blood pressure problems much earlier than white Americans. More than 40% of black men and 45% of black women over the age of 20 have developed high blood pressure.
4)Black men are 50% more likely to get lung cancer despite a lower tobacco exposure rate.
5)Lung scarring related deaths are 16 times more common among black people as compared to whites.
6)Black people are 3 times more likely to die of asthma than white people.
7)And diabetes is 60% more common among black Americans than white ones.
Knowing about the dangers is the first step towards tackling these problems and living a healthy life pro-actively.