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Twice as Deadly: Chicago’s Race Gap in Breast Cancer Survival - A Special Program

Entrants: Gabriel Spitzer, Cate Cahan and Natalie Moore

Affiliation: WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio


Year: 2009

Place: Second Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

Several years ago, doctors and scientists faced a troubling fact: although black women in Chicago are less likely to get breast cancer than white women, they are much more likely to die from it. New research is starting to unravel the reasons why, and it's finding that the causes are woven deeply into the social fabric of the city. We explore those findings in this special, and show that they are likely to segregation, cultural factors and policy.

Judges' comments: In "Twice as Deadly" I was intrigued by the quality of the interviews and the frankness of the women with breast cancer. I was especially taken aback with patient Eloise Orr when she explained that she did a double-take, realizing she was the only one in the room when the doctor made a phone call saying he was 'sending a girl up with a tumor in her brain' – the doctor hadn't bothered to tell her. Wow. I also liked the narrative way the reporter described the women – I felt like I was "seeing" them.

See Twice As Deadly: Chicago's Race Gap in Breast Cancer Survival.

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