Insurance Status Contributes to Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer

A new study reports that a lack of adequate health insurance is responsible for nearly half of racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer stage at diagnosis.Earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer can significantly improve outcomes for patients diagnosed with this disease. However, studies have shown that a higher proportion of women of racial and ethnic minorities present with breast cancer at more advanced stages, negatively impacting their treatment and prognosis. In a study now ...
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Genital Powder and Ovarian Cancer Risk: No Significant Link

‚ÄčIn recent years, a number of lawsuits have highlighted concerns regarding a possible link between ovarian cancer risk and the use of talc-containing cosmetic powders in the genital area. However, a large pooled analysis now published in JAMA reports no statistically significant association between genital powder use and ovarian cancer.The potential connection between genital powder use and ovarian cancer risk was first investigated because of the relationship between talcum powder and asbestos,...
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Racial, Age-Related Disparities in Lung Cancer Treatment

A new study reports that only 62.1% of US patients with lung cancer receive treatment that adheres to guidelines, and elderly and non-Hispanic black patients are disproportionately represented among those whose cancer is undertreated.For the study, now published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society, the researchers evaluated whether 441,812 lung cancer cases in the US National Cancer Database diagnosed between 2010 and 2014 received treatment that adhered to the National Comprehensive Canc...
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In Breast Cancer, Men Have Increased Mortality

Even after adjustment for undertreatment and differing clinical characteristics, men with breast cancer have higher mortality rates than women, report the authors of a nationwide cohort study.The researchers, who are from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, analyzed data obtained from the National Cancer Database on 1,816,733 patients diagnosed with breast cancer between January 2004 and December 2014. The patient population included 16,025 men and 1,800,708 women. The ...
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How Being Unmarried Impacts Cancer Treatment: An Interview With Joan DelFattore, PhD, MS

Studies have shown that unmarried patients with cancer are less likely to receive surgery and radiotherapy than their married counterparts; they are also less likely to survive their cancer. In a research-based perspective essay published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Joan DelFattore, PhD, MS, a survivor of stage IV gallbladder cancer, suggests that contrary to assumptions made by a number of researchers, the disparities in cancer treatment for individuals who are single may stem not f...
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