Monday, October 23, 2017

Research Looks Into Why African-American Women Have Worse Breast Cancer Survival Than White Women In US.

Reuters (10/19, Harding) reports that “African-American women have worse breast cancer survival than white women in the US, and” research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology “suggests that is largely because black women are less likely to have health insurance.” The research indicated approximately “23 percent of black women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004-2013 had either no health insurance or had Medicaid coverage, versus 8 percent of white breast cancer patients.” This “insurance difference explained about 37 percent of the excess mortality among black women, the researchers calculated.”

        Medscape (10/19, Harrison) reports, meanwhile, that “tumor characteristics accounted for 23.2% of the excess risk.” 

Author: Alan Boyce

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