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Black Patients With Breast Cancer in North Carolina May Face Longer Waits and Longer Treatments

Black women in North Carolina with breast cancer encounter longer waits for treatment initiation and a longer duration of treatment compared with white women, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Delay of treatment was defined as more than 60 days after diagnosis. Black women at both high and low socioeconomic status saw delays in treatment.

Delays in treatment and prolonged treatments may be contributing to greater mortality from breast cancer among Black women.

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