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Rich, young, educated women get better breast cancer care than poor, older women

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 25 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:174
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Three US studies show that the treatment of breast cancer is influenced by a woman's education, income, and age.

    US women who are involved in choosing their breast cancer surgeon are more likely to be treated by an experienced surgeon at an accredited cancer centre, says a study from the University of Michigan (Journal of Clinical Oncology 2007;25:271-6).

    Another study from the University of Michigan says that breast cancer patients with lower household incomes and less education are more likely to receive reduced doses of chemotherapy, especially if they are obese (Journal of Clinical Oncology 2007;25:1-8)

    And a third …

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