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Genetic Tests Create Treatment Opportunities and Confusion for Breast Cancer Patients

The past decade has witnessed a rapid expansion of genetic tests, including new instruments to inform patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer about the risk of recurrence and to guide their treatment. But the clinical significance of many of the inherited mutations that can now be identified remains unclear, and experts are torn …

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Biological Links Identified Between an Aggressive Breast Cancer Type and African Ancestry

Definitive biological links between African ancestry and disease processes that affect an aggressive cancer type called triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) have been identified by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. Their analysis of TNBC tumors from a diverse patient population yielded a large set of genes whose expression differed in patients with African ancestry compared with patients …

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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 women with Triple Negative Breast Cancer given same new drug as White women do just as well

Treatment outcomes were similar between Black and non-Black patients with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) who received the drug neoadjuvant durvalumab (Imfinzi) plus chemotherapy, according to new clinical trial results. Previous research demonstrated that the drug in combination with chemotherapy prior to surgery benefited patients with non-metastatic TNBC, but the study population did not reflect the …

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Hispanic women have lower survival rates from Triple Negative Breast Cancer than Black and White women

Hispanic women had the lowest five-year survival from Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) at 10.7%, compared to Black women at 11.8% and White women at 13.1%, in a study of 26,963 women diagnosed with TNBC between 2010 and 2016. Higher proportions of Hispanic (16.8%) and Black women (9.0%) were diagnosed with TNBC before the age …

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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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Higher breast cancer mortality for Black women emerged 40 years ago

The high burden of breast cancer mortality in African American women versus White women began in the United States in the 1980’s, according to a history co-written by Hyuna Sung (above) of the American Cancer Society. At that time, breast cancer screening with mammography and treatments such as adjuvant post-surgery hormonal therapy were disseminated widely …

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Breast cancer disparities in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders masked in larger ‘Asian American’ group

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders experience poorer breast cancer survival outcomes that are hidden when their data is included in Asian populations, Stanford researcher says. Studies of early-stage breast cancer outcomes frequently conclude that Asian American and Pacific Islanders fare better than non-Hispanic whites. But “Asian American and Pacific Islanders” is a broad umbrella …

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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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