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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 Women's Health Definition

Women's health is the effect of gender on disease and health that encompasses a broad range of biological and psychosocial issues.
 activists against unnecessary hysterectomy hysterectomy (hĭstərĕk`təmē), surgical removal of the uterus. A hysterectomy may involve removal of the uterus only or additional removal of the cervix (base of the uterus), fallopian tubes (salpingectomy), and ovaries , Black women still have higher hysterectomy rates than White women. Researchers used a subset of the Coronary Artery coronary artery
1. An artery with origin in the right aortic sinus; with distribution to the right side of the heart in the coronary sulcus, and with branches to the right atrium and ventricle, including the atrioventricular branches and
 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 Fibroids
Benign tumors of muscle and connective tissue that develop within or are attached to the uterine wall.

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 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 The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) is a peer reviewed monthly journal of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The Journal also regularly publishes authoritative editorials and commentaries and serves as a forum for the analysis of health policy. , FEBRUARY 2009
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Publication:Women's Health Activist
Date:May 1, 2009
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