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Insurance, Race and Poverty Affect Cancer Care, Researchers Report
Date:10/4/2010

ed to investigate the barriers to rapid workup in insured non-Hispanic black and Hispanic women first and then investigate barriers in all uninsured women," Hoffman added.

Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, chief of general internal medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that "health insurance is important in the cancer world."

Insurance affects the ability to obtain cancer screening and treatment, he said. But other barriers to care also exist, he added, pointing to cultural differences, health literacy, education.

And, while rarely overt, racism may be built into the health care system because the system fails to take racial and cultural differences into account, Carrasquillo added.

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For more on cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Stacey A. Fedewa, M.P.H., epidemiologist, American Cancer Society; Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D.,associate professor of medicine and chief, division of general internal medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Oct. 2 and 3, 2010, presentations, American Association for Cancer Research meeting, Miami


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