Women's Health
Basic InformationLatest News
Why Are Cases of Pancreatic Cancer Rising in Young Women?Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman's Odds for C-SectionStill Too Few Women in Stroke Treatment Clinical TrialsMore Middle-Aged, Older Women Getting  'Broken Heart' SyndromeFDA Warns Against Using At-Home Dermal Filler 'Pens'AHA News: Broken Heart Syndrome Is on the Rise, Especially Among Older WomenLengthening Menstrual Cycles Near Menopause Could Predict Heart HealthPandemic Stress Altered Many Women's Menstrual CyclesBreastfeeding Longer May Lower Postpartum Depression RiskAHA News: How Black Women Can Take Control of Their Blood PressureLow-Dose Aspirin Guards Against Preeclampsia: Task ForceCan a Computer Program Help Docs Spot Breast Cancer?Common Hormone Disorder in Women Costs U.S. $8 Billion a YearSexual Assault Could Affect a Woman's Long-Term Brain HealthMigraines and More Severe Hot Flashes Could Be LinkedMore Women Turning to Marijuana Products to Help With MenopauseDepression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat ItPandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study FindsIs Hysterectomy Always Needed for a Common, Painful Gynecologic Condition?Your State's Laws Might Save Your Life If Breast Cancer StrikesMom-to-Be's 'Leaky' Heart Valves May Pose More Danger Than ThoughtMore College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside of MarriagePandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income WomenFor Better Breastfeeding, 'Lactation Consultants' Can HelpCOVID Vaccine Safe, Recommended for Pregnant Women, CDC SaysWomen Less Likely to Get Best Care for Deadly Form of StrokeLeading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant WomenAcne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on WomenVitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Many Pregnancy Complications, Raises OthersPregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer HeatAre Antibiotics Really the Answer for UTIs in Women?Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: StudyCould Menopausal Hormone Therapy Reduce Women's Odds for Dementia?Screening Often Misses Endometrial Cancer in Black WomenAHA News: Pregnant Mom's Diet May Influence Baby's Cardiovascular HealthPandemic Delays in Screening Mean More Breast Cancer Deaths Ahead: StudyCOVID Vaccine Doesn't Infiltrate Breast MilkGap in Breast Cancer Survival for Black, White Patients Shrinks, But Not by EnoughCost a Barrier to Cervical Cancer Screening for Many U.S. WomenAlcohol Still a Threat in Too Many American Pregnancies: StudyWomen's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During PandemicPandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave JobsNo Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: StudyWomen, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological HealthAre Women Absorbing Toxins From Their Makeup?Race Doesn't Affect Risk for Genes That Raise Breast Cancer RiskHealthy Levels of Vitamin D May Boost Breast Cancer OutcomesHeavy Drinking Could Lower a Woman's Odds of ConceptionAHA News: Asian and Pacific Islander Women May Be at Greatest Risk for Preeclampsia Complications
LinksSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Wellness and Personal Development
Mental Disorders

Gap in Breast Cancer Survival for Black, White Patients Shrinks, But Not by Enough

HealthDay News
by By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Jul 2nd 2021

new article illustration

FRIDAY, July 2, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities in breast cancer survival have narrowed in recent years, but Black women with the disease still have double the death rate of white women.

That's according to a study that tracked breast cancer trends in Florida between 1990 and 2015. Overall, deaths from the disease declined among Black, Hispanic and white women alike — with the improvement being greater among minority women.

Over time, the result was a shrinking racial disparity. In fact, the gap between white women and Hispanic women disappeared in recent years.

Unfortunately, the study found, the death rate among Black women remained almost twice as high.

"We should celebrate the progress that's been made, but there's still a lot of work to do," said lead researcher Robert Hines, an associate professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, in Orlando.

Simply being a Black person, he said, should not be a risk factor for breast cancer death.

Why are Black women still facing a poorer breast cancer prognosis?

Hines said the study points to some key factors: Black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, and they are less likely than white women to receive surgery, radiation or hormone therapy.

Those factors — along with poverty, lack of insurance and the aggressiveness of the cancer — seemed to explain much of the death-rate disparity between Black women and white women, the study found.

The racial gap in U.S. breast cancer death rates has long been recognized, and there have been efforts to address it. Those efforts can partly explain the improvement over time, according to Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, a senior vice president at the American Cancer Society, in Atlanta.

"For example, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, contributed to an increase in mammography use in Black women," said Jemal, who studies cancer disparities.

And in 2000, he added, Congress passed a law to ensure that low-income women diagnosed through that program could receive treatment through their state Medicaid program.

But, Jemal said, lack of insurance remains a barrier for Black women.

"The gap still remains largely because Black women are more likely to be uninsured and underinsured," he said. "They are less likely to receive timely and standard of care compared to white women."

And while Medicaid coverage exists, programs vary from state to state in who qualifies and what is covered. So obstacles accessing Medicaid could also be an ongoing factor, according to Jemal.

The findings — published July 1 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention — are based on more than 250,000 Florida women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1990 and 2015.

Over the years, the likelihood of dying within 10 years of diagnosis declined regardless of race: Among white women, the 10-year death rate dropped from just under 21% in the early 1990s to 14% between 2010 and 2015.

Among Black women, that figure fell from 36% to 26%, the researchers reported.

According to Hines, measures to address the gap in death rates over the years have largely focused on increasing access to mammography screening. That makes sense, he said, since earlier diagnosis should mean better survival odds.

But women can face other obstacles after screening, especially if they are lower-income, he said. They include delays in starting treatment, sticking with it and continuing with long-term follow-up.

Hines said more research is needed to figure out the specific reasons Black women still have a higher death rate from breast cancer.

While the study was done in Florida, Hines said the overall trend — a narrowing but persistent racial gap — mirrors what's been seen nationally in recent years.

And it's likely, he said, that many of the same factors linked to the disparity in this study are playing out in other states, too.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more on finding and paying for cancer treatment.

SOURCES: Robert Hines, PhD, MPH, associate professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando; Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, senior vice president, surveillance and health equity science, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, July 1, 2021, online

328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Alabama 36460
Tel: (251)575-4203

powered by centersite dot net