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Asian and Black women more likely than White women to have delayed follow-up breast imaging

Asian and Black women who received an incomplete score on their mammograms were more likely than White or Hispanic women to either delay their follow-up imaging beyond the recommended 60-day timeframe or forego it completely, according to a study of 4,500 women. Those who completed their forms in Spanish were also found to forego or delay imaging.

“These delays are concerning and may contribute to the poorer breast cancer outcomes in these individuals,” Samantha Platt, MD, from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and her colleagues explained. “Further study is required to identify the causes for these delays in order to better guide interventions to reduce the care disparities for these individuals.”