• 13-JAN-2015

New JAMA Study Finds Survival For Early Stage Breast Cancer Varies By Race And Ethnicity

Each year in the United States, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. A new study examined why some women have better outcomes than others and found that racial and ethnic background play a role. Compared to a white woman, a black woman was one and a half to two times more likely to die of a small breast cancer and a Chinese woman or Japanese woman about half as likely to die of a small breast cancer. Hispanic women had a very similar survival pattern to white women that were not Hispanic.

Race/ethnicity and sociodemographic factors may also influence a woman's adherence to recommendations for clinical breast examination, breast self-examination, or screening mammogram and the likelihood of her seeking appropriate care in the event that a breast mass is noticed.