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Closing the Racial Divide in Breast Cancer

Friday, 28 September 2012 11:52 AM

Regular mammography screening could help close the racial divide in breast cancer between black and white women, according to a new study of Chicago women.
The study, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, noted past research found black women in Chicago are more than twice as likely to die of breast cancer as whites, in part because cancer is detected in blacks at later stages when it is harder to treat.
But the new research showed when women of both races received regular breast cancer screening – a mammogram within two years of breast cancer diagnosis – there was virtually no difference between the two races.
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The findings are based on an analysis of health records of 1,642 breast cancer patients, including 980 who were regularly screened and 662 who were irregularly screened, diagnosed from January 2001 to December 2006 at Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
"This study reinforces the fact that racial gaps in breast cancer outcomes can be improved," said lead researcher Dr. Paula Grabler, an assistant professor of radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a radiologist at Northwestern Memorial.
"One solution within reach is simple access to routine and regular mammography screening."

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