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(From blackamericaweb)Black women are three times more likely to develop a virulent strain of breast cancer, according to a recent study from the Boston School of Medicine, and that news underscores the need for black women to go to the doctor for regular check ups and screenings, health professionals and breast cancer survivors said.

“We just have to be diligent, talk to one another and admit we need care,” said Rose Stewart, a 13-year-breast cancer survivor in Austin, Texas.

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The 72-year-old retired educator said she caught her cancer early. A mammogram showed a tumor about the size of a penny. “I had a lumpectomy and radiation. Every three to six months, I go to the doctor to have my blood checked,” Stewart told BlackAmericaWeb.com.

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