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Women under-represented in most cancer research
Date:6/7/2009

gher percentage of female participants than those that were supported by private funds (41.3 percent vs. 36.9 percent). This suggests that government policies may encourage more balance when enrolling men and women in clinical studies. There also may be differences in review processes, grant size, or priorities associated with research funded by the government compared with those supported by industry.

According to the authors, future research should investigate why fewer women are enrolled in most cancer clinical studies. Barriers that may discourage women from research participation could include lack of information, fear, and perceived interference with personal responsibilities such as childcare. Also, some study investigators may be concerned with protecting women of childbearing age and may wish to limit their exposure to investigational medical interventions.

"Only by understanding the forces affecting the sex distribution of study subjects can we as a society succeed in ensuring that our medical research efforts are inclusive and to the benefit of all," the authors conclude.


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

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