Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer

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Over the past 30 years, researchers have found a widening survival divide between black and white women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. The Takeaway’s series “Under Her Skin: Living With Breast Cancer” shares the stories of three African-American women coping with the disease. Hear their thoughts and fears and their struggles and triumphs over the course of six months, as their audio diaries capture the realities of a disease that will afflict more than 12 percent of American women at some point in their lives. Find out more about this series from The Takeaway. And join the "Under Her Skin" Facebook group.

Listen Thursday, March 26 at 2pm on 93.9FM.

Lisa Echols

Lisa Echols is 46-years-old. She was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 9, 2013 after doctors spotted an abnormality in her annual mammogram.

Lisa lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, where the mortality rate for black women with breast cancer is twice that of their white counterparts. She says she is a wife, mother and friend first—and a woman fighting cancer second.

Crystal Miller

Crystal Miller is 28-years-old. She found a lump in her breast in November 2013, and was diagnosed with breast cancer a month later.

As a nurse and cancer researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Crystal struggles to ignore the disease statistics she knows so well.

Here, Crystal reflects on fighting the disease as a young single woman living in New York.

Anita Coleman

Anita Coleman is 54-years-old. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and suffered a relapse on February 21, 2014 after a regular mammogram came back suspicious.

Based in Los Angeles, Anita is a mother and grandmother, fighting breast cancer for the second time.

She recounts her first diagnosis, and how her family has helped her find the strength to fight the disease once again.