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Endometrial cancer rates rising driven by aggressive cancers in Black women

Uterine (endometrial) cancer deaths have been increasing in the United States, particularly among Black women. New research appears to pinpoint a cause. A rare but aggressive type of cancer known as Type 2 endometrial cancer is more difficult to treat and was responsible for 20% of cases and 45% of deaths identified in a new …

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Race-related stress linked to delays in treatment of gynecologic cancers

Black patients undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancers report higher race-related stress as compared to White patients. The experience of racism was associated with increased treatment interruptions, increased length of treatment interruptions, and increased time to treatment initiation, in a survey of 70 Black and White women. “The experience of racism is associated with negative impacts …

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Diagnosis of endometrial cancer in Black women increasing more than three times faster than in White women

The incidence of high-risk uterine cancer is increasing in the United States, particularly among Black patients, according to a new study of nearly 800,000 women diagnosed with uterine cancer between 2001 and 2017. During that time, the incidence of uterine cancer increased regardless of race, but the rate was 3.6 times higher in Black patients …

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Black and Hispanic women underrepresented in clinical trials of treatment for endometrial cancer

Black and Hispanic patients were often underrepresented in individual clinical trials cited in the standard recommendations for systemic therapy for endometrial cancer, according to a survey of clinical studies. Black patients made up 7.4% of the clinical trials, but the percentage of Black patients with endometrial cancer was 10% of total patients in the U.S. …

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Endometrial cancer deaths now even with deaths from ovarian cancer

Uterine (endometrial) cancer has pulled even with ovarian cancer as a leading cause of gynecologic cancer mortality, accompanied by an “alarming” racial disparity, reports Rebecca Siegel (above) of the American Cancer Society and her colleagues. Mortality patterns were similar among racial and ethnic groups until 2005, when uterine cancer mortality increased dramatically in Black women, …

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Some reasons why endometrial cancer deaths are climbing, while ovarian cancer deaths are falling

Rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity have a much greater impact on increasing the risk for endometrial cancer than for ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, major advances in treatment have improved the survival of women with ovarian cancer. while uterine cancer survival has remained stagnant for 40 years. Another reason is much less research in endometrial …

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Increasing Rate of High-Risk Endometrial Cancer in Black Women Prompts Questions Into Underlying Causes

“The rate of uterine cancer is increasing very significantly—about 2.5% every year—in Black women, but it’s not increasing significantly in White women,” says Cortney Eakin, MD of the University of California at Los Angeles. “If those were all low-risk, grade 1, endometrioid tumors that typically have a good prognosis, that’s one thing. But it turns …

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Black women more likely than White women to die of most types of stage I endometrial cancer

Black women diagnosed with stage I endometrial cancer were more likely than White women to die of the cancer across all tumor types other than clear cell, despite receiving similar rates of treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. That was the finding of a study of over 24,000 women with surgically-staged endometrial cancer during 2000-2016. Survival …

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Black women less likely than White women to survive endometrial cancer even with equal medical care

In a study of nearly 1,600 women in the U.S. military, Black women diagnosed with endometrial cancer were 64 percent more likely to die from the cancer than White women, even though both groups received equal quality of health care. This disparity was confined to patients with low-risk cancer, defined as stage I/II disease or …

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