Poor, Minority Women More Likely to Hinder Breast Cancer Treatment
Study shows women delay care for over a month
African American and Hispanic women with breast cancer are waiting six weeks or more to have surgery or to begin chemotherapy.
A new study done by University of California, Irvine and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County states that Latina, African Americans and poor women are more likely to wait for treatment.
Researchers used information from the California Cancer Registry database and focused on 8,860 women with breast cancer between the ages of 15 and 39 who were diagnosed in 1997 through 2006.
These women account for five to six percent of all breast cancer patients. While it is rare, these patients’ cancer is more aggressive and therefore more urgent that they get treatment.
Researchers also found that 22 percent of women who delayed their treatment for at least six weeks were not alive five years after they were diagnosed. This compares to 16 percent of women who began their treatment within two weeks and 17 percent who started within two to four weeks after they were diagnosed.
The study also showed that health insurance played a factor in how long women waited to get their breast cancer treatment.