Racial and ethnic minorities may receive less appropriate cancer treatment

A review of past cancer treatment and survival studies suggests that race and ethnicity may be associated with the receipt of cancer treatment. In some cases, treatment differences were associated with more recurrences, shorter disease-free survival, and higher mortality rates, report Vickie L. Shavers, Ph.D., and Martin L. Brown, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, in the March 6 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

A disproportionate number of cancers in the United States occur among racial and ethnic minorities. When compared with whites, Hispanics have a higher incidence of cervical cancer, Asians have twice the rate of stomach cancer, and African Americans have a higher incidence of prostate, lung, colon, oral, cervical, and stomach cancer.

Increased access to cancer screening services and earlier detection may improve cancer outcomes among minorities; however, differences in cancer survival and mortality between minorities and whites still exist. "This observation suggests that factors other than the stage at diagnosis contribute to the disparate cancer mortality observed among racial/ethnic minority populations," the authors say.

Past studies have suggested that a person's race or ethnicity influences their access and use of noncancer medical services. To determine the role race and ethnicity plays in the receipt of cancer treatments, Shavers and Brown re-examined published data from 87 studies of cancer treatment and survival, focusing on racial and ethnic variations in the treatment of patients with breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, or lung cancer.

The authors found consistent racial and ethnic differences in the receipt of primary therapy, conservative therapy, and adjuvant therapy. For instance, white patients often received more aggressive therapy than other racial and ethnic groups for lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers. In contrast, whites received less aggressive therapy-such as

Contact: Linda Wang
Journal of the National Cancer Institute

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Racial differences, poverty linked to mammography use
2. Racial, economic gaps in kids eye care seen in four new studies
3. Study: Racial, ethnic disparities seen in all types of pain
4. Racial, economic disparities seen in kids vision care
5. Racial differences in pain treatment found
6. Racial disparity in cancer survival: Are other factors at work?
7. Racial disparity in lung cancer treatment must be overcome, UCSF specialists assert
8. Study Reveals Possible Clue For Racial Differences In Prevalence Of High Blood Pressure
9. Sexual lifestyles vary among ethnic groups in Britain
10. Cardiologists underestimate racial and ethnic disparities in care
11. Health care report cards may increase racial/ethnic disparities in bypass operations

Post Your Comments:

(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... Officials with ... clinically integrated network (CIN) and the group purchasing organization run by Allegheny Health ... establish a heart failure program at Mon Health Medical Center. ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... ... May 27, 2020 , ... The podiatrists and foot doctors ... Michigan, Fowlerville Michigan , and Ann Arbor Michigan. Dr. Tomasz Biernacki ... within the clinic and at the hospital. We have been seeing patients in the ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... ... May 26, 2020 , ... Loyale ... patient messaging and IVR Advantage™--for Loyale customers. Talksoft pre-service messaging solutions complement ... texts, IVR reminders and email messages tailored to each stage of their ...
(Date:5/25/2020)... ... May 23, 2020 , ... Winemaker Grant Long Jr. is introducing three Toilet ... whimsical and delicious in these complicated times,” he said, in announcing the new wines. ... ($24.99). The Chardonnay and Red Wine Blend are sourced in the Napa Valley; the ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... Pa. (PRWEB) , ... May 21, 2020 , ... ... Inc. and an industry leader in cancer biomarker assays, announced today that Cigna ... list. Cigna Corporation is a global health service company dedicated to improving the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/2/2020)... ... June 02, 2020 , ... As the leading human capital ... COVID-19 it is working with its corporate team, its consultants, and its healthcare ... host of digital resources. Harmony’s leadership team recognized the extraordinary efforts of the ...
(Date:6/2/2020)... ... June 02, 2020 , ... SCFHP members who call SCFHP’s 24/7 ... and, depending on the inquiry, can now virtually consult with an available physician. Once ... their primary care doctor to ensure seamless care. The nurse advice line with the ...
(Date:5/30/2020)... DALLAS (PRWEB) , ... May 29, 2020 , ... ... launched a unique return-to-work mobile and web based solution People1 Care ... People1 Care helps companies transition into the 'new normal’ through daily wellness screenings, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: