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Black women in US have lower survival rates from breast cancer than white women

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a586
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    Black women in the United States are less likely to survive breast cancer than white women, regardless of the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed, a study has found.

    The biggest disparities were in women aged under 40 who were diagnosed as having stage one or unstaged disease. They were twice as likely to die as white women diagnosed at the same stage (Journal of Surgical Research 2008 Jun 23; doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2008.05.020).

    Black women were less likely to have had surgical excision of their breast cancer and less likely to have radiation therapy.

    “A better understanding of the patient, physician, tumour, and treatment factors contributing to the …

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