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Racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancer treatment and outcomes.
Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Feb; 19(1):31-6.CO

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW

To review recent research in racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancers, focusing on disparities occurring postdiagnosis.

RECENT FINDINGS

Mortality statistics show that of the cancers under study, breast cancer has the greatest impact, and of racial/ethnic groups, African Americans suffer the greatest disparities, with highest mortality rates for breast, uterine and cervical cancers, and second highest for ovarian cancer. Recent studies demonstrated that black breast cancer patients suffer more underuse of appropriate adjuvant therapy, and greater delays in diagnosis and institution of treatments, and blacks and Hispanics suffered greater postsurgical pain and symptomatology. Data indicate that the biology of some breast cancers in blacks is unique and more aggressive. One study demonstrated that more black breast cancer patients died of nonbreast cancer causes and that excessive comorbidity in blacks explained substantial amounts of survival disparity. Research is beginning to identify important disparities in nonblack minority racial/ethnic groups, including Hispanics and South Asian Americans.

SUMMARY

Research is continuing to identify and explain an important group of disparities - African American disparities in breast cancer outcomes. Disparities in other minority racial/ethnic groups, and in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, are at an emerging stage. Continuing efforts at all fronts are needed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. martin.tammemagi@brocku.ca

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17218849

Citation

Tammemagi, C Martin. "Racial/ethnic Disparities in Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Treatment and Outcomes." Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 19, no. 1, 2007, pp. 31-6.
Tammemagi CM. Racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancer treatment and outcomes. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007;19(1):31-6.
Tammemagi, C. M. (2007). Racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancer treatment and outcomes. Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology, 19(1), 31-6.
Tammemagi CM. Racial/ethnic Disparities in Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Treatment and Outcomes. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007;19(1):31-6. PubMed PMID: 17218849.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancer treatment and outcomes. A1 - Tammemagi,C Martin, PY - 2007/1/16/pubmed PY - 2007/4/14/medline PY - 2007/1/16/entrez SP - 31 EP - 6 JF - Current opinion in obstetrics & gynecology JO - Curr. Opin. Obstet. Gynecol. VL - 19 IS - 1 N2 - PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent research in racial/ethnic disparities in breast and gynecologic cancers, focusing on disparities occurring postdiagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Mortality statistics show that of the cancers under study, breast cancer has the greatest impact, and of racial/ethnic groups, African Americans suffer the greatest disparities, with highest mortality rates for breast, uterine and cervical cancers, and second highest for ovarian cancer. Recent studies demonstrated that black breast cancer patients suffer more underuse of appropriate adjuvant therapy, and greater delays in diagnosis and institution of treatments, and blacks and Hispanics suffered greater postsurgical pain and symptomatology. Data indicate that the biology of some breast cancers in blacks is unique and more aggressive. One study demonstrated that more black breast cancer patients died of nonbreast cancer causes and that excessive comorbidity in blacks explained substantial amounts of survival disparity. Research is beginning to identify important disparities in nonblack minority racial/ethnic groups, including Hispanics and South Asian Americans. SUMMARY: Research is continuing to identify and explain an important group of disparities - African American disparities in breast cancer outcomes. Disparities in other minority racial/ethnic groups, and in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers, are at an emerging stage. Continuing efforts at all fronts are needed. SN - 1040-872X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17218849/Racial/ethnic_disparities_in_breast_and_gynecologic_cancer_treatment_and_outcomes_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/GCO.0b013e3280117cf8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -