Navigation Links
Cancer publishes study confirming disparity in breast cancer treatment
Date:2/16/2010

WILMINGTON, Del.Feb. 16, 2010Cancer, the peer-reviewed international journal of the American Cancer Society, has published a study conducted by HealthCore, Inc. in its Jan. 1 edition, demonstrating disparities in breast cancer treatment between commercially insured African-American and white women.

The HealthCore study reiterates the findings of previous studies conducted in populations using government health programs that African-American women are diagnosed in later stages of the disease.

Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in white and African-American women in the United States.

"This study demonstrates that disparities in breast cancer care exist even when patients have access to employer-provided healthcare," said Dr. Joe Singer, HealthCore vice president for clinical affairs. "A key takeaway from our study is that African-American women were diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages, but in later stages of breast cancer, when chances of survival diminish greatly."

The study, funded by Amgen, was conducted in collaboration with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and the American Cancer Society. HealthCore is working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and the American Cancer Society to further evaluate the study to understand more about the women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer so the health plan can determine better ways to communicate with them and their physicians in an attempt to diminish the disparities.

The HealthCore study also found that not all women who tested positive for hormone receptor cancer received anti-estrogen therapy, which is a standard of care set by guidelines established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American Cancer Society. Of those women who did test positive, white women were more likely than African-American women to receive anti-estrogen therapy.

Specifically, the study found:

  • White women (55.2 percent) were more likely than African- American women (38.4 percent) to be diagnosed with stage 0 or stage I disease.
  • Twice as many African-American women (6.1 percent) compared with white women (3.6 percent) were diagnosed with stage IV disease.
  • Among women who tested positive for hormone receptor cancer, African-American women were less likely to receive treatment, such as aromatase inhibitors or tamoxifen.
  • White women were twice as likely to receive anti-estrogen therapy compared with African-American women, after adjusting for age, cancer stage, and social economic status.

"While treatment for depression and anxiety occurred in both groups, less than half of those women had notes in their medical charts to follow-up with their primary care physician and only one women was referred to a mental health professional," said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society and study co-author. "Clearly, this is a health intervention needed for both African-American and white women."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lori McLaughlin
lori.mclaughlin2@wellpoint.com
317-407-7403
HealthCore
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. The Icebox of Atlanta Selected as T-shirt Vendor for 3 Major Divisions of American Cancer Society's Relay For Life
2. New therapeutic target for most common solid cancer in childhood?
3. Certain pain medications do not appear to be associated with skin cancer risk
4. NSAIDs Wont Shield Against Skin Cancer
5. PA Breast Cancer Coalition Launches Income Tax Refund Campaign
6. Businesses Rally Big Efforts to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Phoenix Affiliates Fight Against Breast Cancer
7. Advance Toward Test for Aggressive Prostate Cancer
8. Breast Cancer Stats Differ Racially Despite Similar Mammogram Rates
9. GUMCs Lombardi Hosts Symposium Exploring Future of Cancer Research and Personalized Medicine
10. MRI May Not Add Value to Routine Breast Cancer Care
11. MSU researcher linking breast cancer patients with alternative therapies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... authorized OSHA Training Institute Education Center headquartered in Northern California, has issued an ... extreme heat at their worksites. Employers with workers exposed to high temperatures ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with growing colorful ... Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color brings the ... can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful panels. , ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... mental health professionals, announced today its affiliation with Tennessee Counseling Association. ... to the network of the Tennessee Counseling Association, adding exclusive benefits and promotional ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... payment industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry ... The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... cutting edge technology to revolutionize the emergency ambulance transport experience for the millions ... aware of how Uber has disrupted the taxi industry through the use of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... Pharma News Issue 52" report to their offering. ... in influenza treatment creates a favourable commercial environment for MedImmune ... growing patient base that will serve to drive considerable growth ... vaccine would serve to cap sales considerably, but development is ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia ... the company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... Farma Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: ... provides surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. ... analysis of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: