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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 …

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Many women under 50, especially Asian women, not getting annual mammograms

Nearly half of women between the ages of 40 and 49 don’t receive their recommended annual mammograms, according a survey of nearly 2,000 women in 2018.  The biggest reason by far, according to the women, was that they had never thought about it. Asian women were half as likely as White women to report undergoing …

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Black, Asian, Hispanic women wait longer than White women for biopsy after abnormal mammogram

Black and Asian women are more likely than White women to experience significant delays in getting breast biopsies after their mammogram identifies an abnormality, according to a new review of more than 45,000 women’s cases. At 90 days from their mammograms, the risk of not undergoing a biopsy compared with White women was 28 percent …

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Only 10 states meeting national breast cancer screening goal

Healthy People 2020 was a national public health goal to increase the percentage of women between the ages of 50 and 74 who receive breast cancer screening every two years to 81 percent by the year 2020.  Only 9 states and one territory are meeting that goal: Massachusetts 87%Rhode Island 85%Hawaii 84%Puerto Rico and Maine …

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Lower breast cancer incidence in Asian women may be due to lower mammography rate

The lower breast cancer incidence seen in Asian American women may be caused by a lower screening mammography rate in this group, according to a study of nearly 8,000 women. Researchers found that Asian Americans were one-third less likely to have had a mammogram within the past two years compared with White women. This was …

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Breast cancer screening fell more in minority women during COVID-19 pandemic

Breast cancer screening dropped by more than 50 percent among women of color between 2019 and 2020, according to a study of more than 21,000 women and a variety of screening facilities. The percentage of women of color getting mammograms was 16.8% in 2019 vs 12.2% in 2020. During the COVID-19 peak, mammography screening volumes …

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Racial disparities in breast cancer screening persisted through pandemic

After plummeting during the first COVID-19 wave in April 2020, the breast cancer screening rate for White women recovered by June 2020, with the rate for Black women on a slightly slower pace, according to a review of 14 million medical records. Asian, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaskan Native women did not experience a rebound in …

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Breast cancer screening rates not back to normal in 2021

Breast cancer screening rates from January 2021 to October 2021 did not return to pre-pandemic levels, resulting in 68,000 missed breast cancer screenings, according to a new study. In addition to the human toll of not detecting cancer early, when cancers are found at an advanced stage they are more extensive, more likely to spread …

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Black and Asian women at high risk for breast cancer much less likely to get recommended MRI screenings

Breast MRIs find more cancer in high-risk women than mammography or ultrasound, so the American College of Radiology recommends that women at higher risk for breast cancer undergo annual breast MRIs. But a new study of 2,431 women at three breast imaging centers found that less than 20 percent of high-risk women got the MRIs, …

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Low-quality mammography leads to more breast cancer deaths in Chicago Black women

Black women are dying of breast cancer at higher rates compared with white women in Chicago, but the reason is not just a lack of access to mammography, David Ansell, MD (above) of Rush University and his colleagues discovered. It was lack of access to quality mammography. Large-volume screening centers have higher-quality scores than lower-volume …

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