Tireless breast cancer activist and In the Family subject Martha Haley stars in an eye-opening new video on BET exploring the breast cancer divide between white and black women in Chicago. In the Family director Joanna Rudnick provided this context to this important video:
"Two black women are lost every week to breast cancer in Chicago, and black women are more likely to die from the disease. Martha is 16 years out of her diagnosis, and she started the first support group for African-American women on the south side to address disparities in care, service and support in the African-American community. In a 30 year period, as the breast cancer death rate for white women has gone down, it remains the same for black women. Martha is a true advocate. In the video, Martha says "no doubt about it, more black women are losing their battles. How are we going to change that?" The program also talked about mistrust of the medical community among black women--an issue that was raised during Martha's support group in In the Family as well as healthcare inequities due to socio-economic status. The In the Family crew also met Tracy Hunt, who is featured in the video, while making In The Family. It was great to see Tracy in the video."
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