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Black women have shorter survival time with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

Black women with early hormone receptor (HR)–positive breast cancer appear to have significantly worse survival compared with White women, according to a retrospective analysis led by Gelareh Sadigh, MD (above), of the Emory University School of Medicine of a study of more than 10,000 women.

Black women were about 40 percent more likely to have a shorter time before a relapse of their cancer and were about 50 percent more likely to have a shorter survival than White women. These differences could not be explained by health insurance status, neighborhood poverty, or an early discontinuance of therapy.