Despite years of struggle by women's health activists against unnecessary hysterectomy, Black women still have higher hysterectomy rates than White women.
Despite years of struggle by women's health activists against
unnecessary hysterectomy, Black women still have higher hysterectomy
rates than White women. Researchers used a subset of the Coronary Artery Risk Development Young Adults Study (CARDIA), which examines risk
factors for heart disease, to analyze data from 1,863 Black and White
women from 2000-02. Three-quarters (78%) of the women undergoing
hysterectomy were Black, 22% were White. Surprisingly, while Black women
were more likely to have fibroids that White women, this difference did
not explain the higher number of hysterectomies among the former group.
The researchers could not attribute the racial differences to commonly
measured psychosocial, socioeconomic, or other demographics. Biological
differences, cultural factors, religious beliefs, and/or environmental
attributes may also affect these rates. Researchers noted, however, that
Black women's access to information about alternatives to
hysterectomy particularly warrants further study.
American Journal of Public Health, FEBRUARY 2009