Navigation Links
Blacks, Hispanics, older people not benefitting equally from better colon cancer treatment
Date:2/14/2014

ATLANTA February 14, 2014While new and better treatments have improved the odds of survival for patients diagnosed late stage colorectal cancer, that progress has been largely confined to non-Hispanic whites and Asians and those under age 65, according to a new study. American Cancer Society researchers led by Helmneh Sineshaw, M.D., MPH, find there have been no significant increases in survival rates for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks with metastatic colon cancer. The study, appearing in the January issue of Cancer Causes and Control, concludes that the findings underscore the need for concerted efforts to increase access to new treatments for minority groups and older patients, as well as a better understanding of the factors contributing to the disparities in survival.

For their study, researchers analyzed data from the 13 population-based cancer registries of the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, which covers about 14 percent of the United States population. They looked at survival improvement for metastatic colorectal cancer across major ethnic groups and two broad age ranges (20-64 and over 65 years). Just fewer than 50,000 patients (49,893) were included in the analysis.

The analysis found overall five-year survival rates increased significantly between 1992/1997 and 2004/2009 for non-Hispanic whites (9.8% to 15.7%) and for Asians (11.4% 17.7%). The increases were not statistically significant for non-Hispanic blacks (8.6% to 9.8%) or Hispanics (14.0% to 16.4%). And while survival rates increased significantly for those 65 and over for non-Hispanic whites, those increases were much smaller than the increase among those ages 20 to 64.

The authors conclude that increases in survival from metastatic colorectal cancer, presumably from improvements in treatment, has been largely confined to younger non-Hispanic whites and Asians, and that there has been no statistically significant increase in survival for non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.

"We know from previous studies that when people of any race get equal care they have similar outcomes," said Dr. Sineshaw. "But studies show there are significant inequalities in the dissemination of new treatments, likely leading to the gaps in survival our analysis found. The reasons why ethnic minorities are not getting equal treatment are complicated, but likely include poorer health coming into the system and lower socioeconomic status, which clearly leads to barriers to good health care. Those same factors likely lead to less aggressive treatment for older patients, as well."

"Studies like this tell us what happens when not everyone is given the best care available," said Richard C. Wender, M.D., chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society. "We need a concerted effort to make sure all Americans, regardless of skin color, age, or socioeconomic status, reap the lifesaving benefits of better care."


'/>"/>

Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Blacks, Hispanics Have Higher Colon Polyp Risk Than Previously Thought
2. Stress Adds to Salt Load of Some Blacks, Study Says
3. High Blood Pressure Poses Bigger Stroke Risk for Blacks, Study Says
4. Among Hispanics, Risky Sun Exposure Varies by Language Spoken: Study
5. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
6. EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults
7. Callahan honored for improving older adults health in their doctors offices
8. Adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients
9. Study examines drug regimen for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer among older patients
10. Avastin No Benefit to Older Lung Cancer Patients: Study
11. Women With Older Partners More Often Admitted to Nursing Homes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... Today, Our Urgent Care celebrates the grand opening ... ribbon cutting ceremony. Since opening over a month ago, Our Urgent Care Washington ... The new Our Urgent Care walk-in clinic is located at 3195 Phoenix Center ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... ... Galena, Alaska, has a population of less than 500 people. But, the ... to build a nuclear plant by the TOSHIBA Corporation. , In “The Galena Nuclear ... the journey to get power to his small town, off the electrical grid. , ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... , ... May 22, 2017 , ... ... of a larger group investing in InsightRX, an early stage company in San ... biological and pharmacological characteristics. Greatpoint Ventures Innovation Fund acted as the ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... , ... May 20, 2017 , ... ... systems between ABC Financial Services and financial systems. , Dozens of ... exported files that are electronically processed through GetLinked into their club’s accounting system ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... , ... May 21, 2017 , ... ... has brought together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars, policymakers, and activists wanting to ... Justice, and Equity is the third book from a recent series of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2017)...  Kalorama Information notes that transplant diagnostics is ... and this is projected to continue to 2021. ... or bone marrow transplants require histocompatibility between the ... this task. This according to a new report ... various PCR-based methodologies, Sanger sequencing and NGS used ...
(Date:5/2/2017)... NEW YORK and LONDON ... leading distributor of market intelligence, MarketResearch.com is pleased to ... Reimbursement Consulting AB that allows for the marketing ... proprietary market analyses through the MarketResearch.com website. ... easy access to complete product descriptions and tables of ...
(Date:5/2/2017)... May 2, 2017  Bayer and Project Apis m. today ... Hives 2020, a $1 million research effort to improve the ... end of 2020. The grant recipients include: ... University of North Carolina at Greensboro, who will investigate virus ... Dr. Edmund Stark , Michigan State University, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: