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Bon Secours helps to address racial & ethnic disparities in healthcare


NORFOLK, Va. – Dr. Moussa Sissoko’s decision to go into medicine was driven largely by his experience growing up in West Africa, overcoming polio as a child and seeing firsthand the disparities that exist in healthcare.

“Where I grew up, you will see many people afflicted with polio like me, or other diseases like blindness, who were of my age sitting in the street and it never set up well with me, so I always told myself I’d like to do science to understand this and try to help and do something.”

Sissoko said his life work as an oncologist has always been to help bridge the gap in the quality of healthcare across racial and ethnic groups and create a more equitable way to treat those in underserved communities.

Now, he and his team at Bon Secours Medical Oncology in Norfolk will be able to help address the high rates of breast cancer disparities between Black and white Americans.

Despite improvements in early detection and treatment, Black women continue to have the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the U.S.

“In 2021 still, the African American woman, the Black women in general are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to […]

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