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Monday, May 9, 2016

Link Between Race And Breast Cancer Survival Sparks Debate Over Screening

In a 2,300-word article, Modern Healthcare (5/7, Rice, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reported on “a long-standing conundrum in cancer care: Race and ethnicity are closely correlated with survival rates, especially with breast cancer.” Research suggests “young black women are more likely to contract the disease than” young white women. This “has put a target on the latest recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force...whose guidelines for tests such as mammograms determine whether plans sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges must offer the services free of charge.” Dr. Debra Monticciolo, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Commission, said, “This type of disparity just has not been taken into account in the studies leading up to the guideline in the guideline process, and it’s really unfortunate.” Dr. Monticciolo said, “Women in the black population and the Hispanic population are really being left behind.” 

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