• 13-JAN-2015

  • SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association

New JAMA Study Finds Survival For Early Stage Breast Cancer Varies By Race And Ethnicity

Each year in the United States, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. A new study examined why some women have better outcomes than others and found that racial and ethnic background play a role. Compared to a white woman, a black woman was one and a half to two times more likely to die of a small breast cancer and a Chinese woman or Japanese woman about half as likely to die of a small breast cancer. Hispanic women had a very similar survival pattern to white women that were not Hispanic.

Race/ethnicity and sociodemographic factors may also influence a woman's adherence to recommendations for clinical breast examination, breast self-examination, or screening mammogram and the likelihood of her seeking appropriate care in the event that a breast mass is noticed.