Cervical Cancer & Black Women - Henrietta Lacks‘ Story Part 2


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This is part two of our cervical cancer and Henrietta Lacks discussion.

In this episode we continue the discussion of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells have made an enormous contribution to medicine and science. We talk about the complex distrust her family has of the medical system and their fight to control her story and her cells.

And we highlight organizations created by the Lacks family to honor and preserve Henrietta’s legacy.

To learn more about Henrietta Lacks and her family, you can visit HELA 100 The Henrietta Lacks Initiative that was started by the Lacks family.

If you would like to suggest a topic we should discuss, share your own personal story, or shoutout an organization or individual email us at distrustanddisparities@gmail.com.

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Henrietta Lacks, Her Story by Lacks Family

Henrietta Lacks' estate sued a company saying it used her 'stolen' cells for research by The Associated Press

Who Owes the Henrietta Lacks Family? by Hannah Giorgis

Wealthy funder pays reparations for use of HeLa cells by Alexandra Witze

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