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CDC: Black women have higher death rate from breast cancer

As a battler of the disease, Rose Davis is big on raising breast cancer awareness. As a battler of the disease, Rose Davis is big on raising breast cancer awareness.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said black women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than any ethnic group. 

Rose Davis is big on raising breast cancer awareness.  That's because she is one of many women battling with the disease. 

"I was diagnosed with a triple negative carcinoma.  That meant my lymph nodes were negative and it wasn't a long expectancy for a triple negative carcinoma.  They don't usually give you a year, but I passed the five year mark. I passed the 10 year mark..." said Davis.

Very soon she hopes to pass the 15 year mark.  She said she had a very aggressive treatment.

"I went through chemo and radiation.  I had to take 33 rounds of radiation and I took eight rounds of chemo," she said.

That is unbelievable for the former college softball superstar.  Her past was healthy, but this was a fight for her very life. It was a fight that had her grown sons worried.

"The boys were very aware of what was going on and they were very supportive," said Davis.

A study through the CDC indicates African American women have a higher death rate than do other ethnic groups.  In fact, they are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease.

"I'm surprised at the findings," Davis said. "I would like to see these statistics change."

The report does highlight the importance of educating women about services that are out there and available to them.

"I know that a lot of people do not have insurance and cannot afford insurance, but there are ways and means of getting treatment.  And I think this is something that needs to get out to the public or into the community," she said.

By calling attention to the problem, educating the public, and telling her own story, Davis is hopeful those statistics will change. 

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