Survey: [U.S.] Black women lack support after breast cancer

Dorsey Griffith – Futurity – Wednesday, 09 May 2012 (originally published 03 May)

Female African American hand holding a stethoscope
African-American women have the highest incidence of breast cancer of any population group in the United States, and the highest mortality rates, according to the National Cancer Institute. Image: iStockphoto

UC DAVIS (US) — A recent survey finds nearly one-fourth of African-American breast cancer survivors were not satisfied with the information they received about treatment options from their doctors.

“We know that one powerful factor in cancer outcomes is the extent to which patients obtain information and participate in their treatment decision-making.”

African-American women have the highest incidence of breast cancer of any population group in the United States, and the highest mortality rates, according to the National Cancer Institute. The death rate—33 per 100,000—is more than twice that of Asian-American women and Hispanic women . . .

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