Navigation Links
African-Americans' attitudes about lung cancer may hinder prevention
Date:2/22/2010

BOSTON - A new survey has found that African-Americans are more likely than whites to hold mistaken and fatalistic beliefs about lung cancer, as well as being more reluctant to consult a doctor about possible symptoms of the disease, according to researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and their collaborators.

These attitudes among blacks may help explain the puzzling racial disparities in lung cancer treatment outcomes that have been documented over the past 25 years, and highlight the need for clearer, more direct public health messages directed at African-Americans, say the scientists.

Christopher Lathan, MD, MPH, an oncologist in the Division of Population Sciences at Dana-Farber, is the first author of the report in the journal Cancer. Senior author is Gary Bennett, PhD, of Duke University's Global Health Institute.

Both whites and blacks in the survey "grossly underestimated" the bleak outlook associated with a diagnosis of lung cancer only 15 percent of patients survive for five years. Lung cancer is the most lethal cancer in the United States, and among people diagnosed with the disease, African-American men have the highest incidence and mortality. Blacks tend to be diagnosed later than whites, when the disease is more advanced.

Federal data quoted in the paper say that the 2001-2005 incidence rate of lung cancer for white men was 79.3 per 100,000 vs. 107.6 per 100,000 for African-American men, and the mortality rate for white men with lung cancer is 71.3 per 100,000 vs. 93.1 per 100,000 for African-American men. This survival gap was first detected in the early 1980s, and continues today.

Previous studies have suggested that the disparity may be due in part to differences in access to care, rates of surgery, and patient preferences, Lathan says. The current study was undertaken to find out "if African-Americans think about lung cancer in a different way," explains Lathan.

Using a
'/>"/>

Contact: Robbin Ray
robbin_ray@dfci.harvard.edu
617-632-5784
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Education program leads to lasting improvement of cancer knowledge in African-Americans
2. Childhood sleep-disordered breathing disproportionately affects obese and African-Americans
3. African-Americans less likely to choose epidurals for postoperative pain relief
4. New Survey Shows African-Americans Are Concerned With Heart Health but Unaware of Link to Brain Health
5. Kidney disease worsens in a fourth of African-Americans despite therapy for hypertension
6. Newly found gene variants account for kidney diseases among African-Americans
7. American Diabetes Association and Eli Lilly and Company Unite to Educate and Empower African-Americans with Diabetes
8. MYH9 gene variations help explain high rate of kidney disease in African-Americans
9. Fear, misconceptions about screenings keep many African-Americans from getting mammograms
10. African-Americans have worse prognosis at colorectal cancer diagnosis
11. Childrens Hospital study finds African-Americans more distrusting of research than whites
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/25/2015)... 2015 Tunstall Americas announces major investment ... level of service to its Medical Answering Service customers. ... restructuring of resources, Tunstall now provides a seamless transition ... Answering Service to ensure superior patient satisfaction. ... invested over $10 million in expanded facilities and the ...
(Date:5/24/2015)... Orion, Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) May 24, 2015 ... many patients for concerns about hair loss. Although it ... is clear that there are environmental factors such as ... that can contribute. Since they offer a comprehensive approach ... the peri and post-menopausal woman, they can help patients ...
(Date:5/24/2015)... York, New York (PRWEB) May 24, 2015 ... testosterone treatment lawsuits ( http://www.testosteronelawsuithub.com/ ) has scheduled ... the progress of the multidistrict litigation. According to ... Northern District of Illinois, the Conference will be ... (In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Product Liability Litigation ...
(Date:5/24/2015)... May 24, 2015 A report ... that the single best option for avoiding cardiovascular disease ... fitness level was the single most powerful predictor of ... such as diabetes and family history of premature death ... lifelong heart and lung fitness. , The Importance of ...
(Date:5/23/2015)... 23, 2015 On Wednesday, May 20, ... company has been the target of a sophisticated cyberattack,” ... the company’s ongoing Information Technology (IT) security efforts in ... , The most notable attack on health insurers was ... the nation’s second largest health insurer, revealed that they ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Tunstall Introduces New Medical Answering Service for the 21st Century Practice 2Health News:Women's Excellence Now Treats Menopausal Hair Loss 2Health News:Testosterone Lawsuit Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Look Ahead to June Conference in Federal Multidistrict Litigation 2Health News:Testosterone Lawsuit Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Look Ahead to June Conference in Federal Multidistrict Litigation 3Health News:Recent Mayo Clinic Studies Help to Highlight the Value of Cardio Testing 2Health News:Recent Mayo Clinic Studies Help to Highlight the Value of Cardio Testing 3Health News:One Headline Making Cyber Attack Sparks Discovery of Another 2Health News:One Headline Making Cyber Attack Sparks Discovery of Another 3Health News:One Headline Making Cyber Attack Sparks Discovery of Another 4
... It,s known that people who live or work in rural ... injuries compared to those in more urban environments. But while ... rates, new research suggests that limited access to early, high-quality ... factor. Researchers from St. Michael,s in Toronto looked at ...
... study by doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New ... an offshoot of medical tourism, which focuses solely on ... the practice of transplant tourism where patients travel to ... their transplantation. These transplant tourists may be subject ...
... ... ... National Heart Month, and Oldways and the Mediterranean Foods Alliance offer ... the Mediterranean region. Thousands of scientific studies (and the American Heart Association!) declare the Mediterranean ...
... chance of pregnancy by up to 50%, researchers say, , ... to a common chemical that,s used as a flame retardant ... , The chemicals, called PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), are found ... carpets, plastics and other common household items and have been ...
... chemo-surgery regimen, researchers say , TUESDAY, Jan. 26 ... promise against locally advanced rectal cancer. , The ... rectal cancer, meaning they have a high likelihood ... receiving standard chemotherapy and optimum surgery. , For ...
... ... Interaction Associates details three essential actions for leaders to move an organization from conflict ... when not handled successfully. To download the white paper, go here: http://bit.ly/8ZcCNt ... Cambridge, ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:More than 50 percent of injury-related deaths in rural Ontario occur before patients reach hospital 2Health News:More than 50 percent of injury-related deaths in rural Ontario occur before patients reach hospital 3Health News:Transplant tourism poses ethical dilemma for US doctors 2Health News:Transplant tourism poses ethical dilemma for US doctors 3Health News:10 Healthy Med Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love 2Health News:10 Healthy Med Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love 3Health News:Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems 2Health News:Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems 3Health News:Intensive Rectal Cancer Treatment Shows Promise 2Health News:From Conflict to Consensus: Interaction Associates Outlines How Leaders Can Achieve Successful Alignment and Implementation 2Health News:From Conflict to Consensus: Interaction Associates Outlines How Leaders Can Achieve Successful Alignment and Implementation 3
(Date:5/22/2015)... 2015 Today, Rhodes Pharmaceuticals L.P. announced that ... indicated for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ... The announcement comes just one ... U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... methylphenidate capsule with an onset of effect of ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... , May 21, 2015 ... has announced the addition of the ... (Ankle Replacement, Digit Replacement, Elbow Replacement, Hip ... to 2019" report to their offering. ... knee replacement was valued at $4,470.9 million ...
(Date:5/21/2015)... , May 21, 2015  CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: ... processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced ... quarterly cash dividend for the second quarter 2015 of ... cash dividend of $0.03 per share will be paid ... record as of June 12, 2015.  The ex-dividend date ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Rhodes Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of New, Once-Daily Treatment for ADHD 2Rhodes Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of New, Once-Daily Treatment for ADHD 3Rhodes Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of New, Once-Daily Treatment for ADHD 4Rhodes Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of New, Once-Daily Treatment for ADHD 5Rhodes Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of New, Once-Daily Treatment for ADHD 6North American Joint Reconstruction Market 2015-2019 - Zimmer Holdings, DePuy Synthes Companies, Stryker, Biomet & Smith & Nephew Dominates the $4.4 Billion Market 2CryoLife Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend for the Second Quarter 2015 2
... AMSTERDAM, December 2 Amsterdam Molecular,Therapeutics ... gene therapy,announced today a number of management changes. Piers ... December 1, 2009. Hans,Preusting, PhD (age 47), Director Process ... and Project Management, also,effective December 1. These changes reflect ...
... BEACH, Calif., Dec. 1 Reproductive Partners Medical Group, ... Program to provide a financial incentive for patients with ... to consider reducing the chance of twins by transferring ... reproductive technology today is reducing the number of multiple ...
Cached Medicine Technology:AMT Announces Management Changes in Light of Refocused Strategy 2AMT Announces Management Changes in Light of Refocused Strategy 3Reproductive Partners Announces Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET) Encouragement Program 2
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference laboratory ... research and development. ARUP offers an extensive ... medical tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. ... Laboratories' clients include more than half of ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
Medicine Products: