Navigation Links
Ethnic disparities in breast cancer survival remain despite socioeconomic similarities
Date:10/29/2012

SAN DIEGO Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients' education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to data presented at the Fifth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held here Oct. 27-30, 2012.

"We learned that the effects of neighborhood socioeconomic status differed by racial/ethnic group. When simultaneously accounting for race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, we found persistent differences in survival within and across racial/ethnic groups," said Salma Shariff-Marco, Ph.D., M.P.H., a researcher at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Fremont.

Shariff-Marco and colleagues studied data from 4,405 patients with breast cancer who had participated in one of two population-based studies undertaken in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants included 1,068 non-Latina whites, 1,670 Latinas, 993 African-Americans and 674 Asian-Americans.

All-cause survival was worse for African-Americans and better for Latinas and Asian-Americans compared with non-Latina whites after adjusting for age, study and tumor characteristics. When the researchers additionally adjusted for treatment and reproductive and lifestyle factors, they found that African-Americans had similar survival rates to non-Latina whites, but the survival rates of Latinas and Asian-Americans remained better.

Researchers also evaluated disparities in survival while considering racial/ethnic and socioeconomic status interactions. Compared with non-Latina whites with high education and high neighborhood socioeconomic status, worse survival was seen for African-Americans with low neighborhood socioeconomic status (regardless of education) and better survival was seen among Latinas with high neighborhood socioeconomic status (regardless of education) and Asian-Americans with high education and high neighborhood socioeconomic status.

The researchers noted that certain groups who were identified as having better or worse survival would benefit from further study to understand their risk profiles and target specific interventions.

"Understanding and addressing potential barriers to better survival are needed for groups with worse survival," Shariff-Marco said. "One program that may be useful is patient navigation to ensure that these women are able to access and navigate the health care system. Sharing these findings with the broader public health community (e.g., health educators, community-based organizations and leaders) will also be helpful."


'/>"/>
Contact: Jeremy Moore
jeremy.moore@aacr.org
215-446-7109
American Association for Cancer Research
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Studies show sleep times influenced by race, ethnicity and country of origin
2. Associations linking weight to breast cancer survival vary by race/ethnicity
3. Health Care Disparities Might Affect Black Kids Cancer Survival
4. UC Irvine study finds racial, economic disparities in ovarian cancer care, survival
5. Disparities in treatment of children in the emergency department based on their insurance status
6. Fox Chase researchers find no disparities in imaging before breast cancer surgery
7. 2-1-1 could be effective tool in fighting cancer disparities
8. Kids With Autism Face Health Care Disparities, Study Finds
9. NIH awards $6.1 million grant to GUMC to establish Center of Excellence for Health Disparities
10. New CDC study on racial disparities in infant mortality published in Journal of Womens Health
11. New roadmap suggests proven routes to ending health disparities
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... announced the official relaunch of its community and education hub for women considering ... mission is to create a safe and welcoming place for women to find ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... appointment of Jonathan (Jon) Otterstatter to its board of directors. Otterstatter ... proven leader in the development of technological innovations that lead to broad-based healthcare ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life ... and a trainer for Ageless Grace ( http://www.agelessgrace.com ) to discuss healthier lifestyles, ... 16, 2016. , Formerly a Northwestern University Literature Professor, Kinst gravitated to her ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Controlling and maintaining the ... the launch of the Aquanta Water Heater Controller , a first-of-its-kind system that ... web-enabled device. As the Nest thermostat does for HVAC systems, Aquanta gives users ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... MA (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... Harvard Medical School, today announced a licensing relationship that will deliver a new ... This relationship will put the medical knowledge and expertise of Harvard Medical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... UAE, May 23, 2016 Experts ... of Precision Medicine and the role of technology ...   The First International Conference of VPS-Penn Medicine ... distinguished patronage and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al ... in Precision Medicine, which helps provide personalized medicine and tailor-made ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 The global  reprocessed ... billion by 2022, according to a new study by ... waste coupled with the lack of centralized support for ... drive the demand for reprocessed medical devices market. Additionally, ... to that of the original device is the high ...
(Date:5/22/2016)... DS Biopharma (DS) today ... compound DS102 in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ... patients. Recent DS preclinical data suggests ... and has bronchodilatory, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties in ... will publish further detail on these findings later ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: