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Black women with breast cancer face treatment delays more frequently than White women in North Carolina

Among more than 32,000 patients with breast cancer in North Carolina, Black women were twice as likely as White women to experience of 60 days between diagnosis and treatment.

“On average, about one in seven Black women in our study experienced a lengthy delay, but this risk varied depending on where the woman lives in the state,” Katherine E. Reeder-Hayes, MD, (above) of The University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  “These delays weren’t explained by the patient’s distance from cancer treatment facilities, their specific stage of cancer or type of treatment, or what insurance they had.”

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