Black women with cancer are treated differently to white women. Fact. Let's change that...

Black women with cancer are treated differently to white women. Fact. Let's change that...

GlamourMagazine·2020-10-09 11:01

Leanne Pero, the 34-year-old South Londoner, community dance advocate and founder of BAME cancer support group, Black Women Rising, speaks to GLAMOUR's Elle Turner about the reality of being a woman of colour with a cancer diagnosis.

“Before I set up Black Women Rising, I was told not to make it about black people in case I was trolled,” cancer campaigner and breast cancer survivor, Leanne Pero, tells me over the phone. “Which is exactly what happened.” After the BBC ran a small piece about the group, Leanne had white women message her on Instagram. “They’d say stuff like, ‘why are you making it about black and white?’ Or, ‘What, so white women with breast cancer don’t need support too?’ I had to turn the comments off,” she says.

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