publication date: Sep. 25, 2020

Clinical Roundup

Study: Black women with breast cancer experience delayed, longer treatment than whites

One in seven Black women with breast cancer had delays in starting treatment, and Black women also had extended duration of treatment, according to a study led by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers.

The study was published in Cancer. The report found that Black women were more likely than white women (13.4% vs. 7.9%) to have the start of the care delayed by at least 60 days after diagnosis. Black women were also more likely to have longer duration of treatment, as were women under the age of 50 of all races.

The study assessed a variety of patient-reported factors for their impact on delaying start or prolonging duration. While access to care, tumor status and socioeconomic status did affect treatment start times, these factors had greater impact on the length of care. It was also notable that socioeconomic status was not as strongly connected to treatment delay as race.

“Our study found that Black women experienced delays in both treatment initiation and duration more often than white women. Even among women with low socioeconomic status, we still saw fewer delays among white women, underscoring the disparate experience of Black women, who appear to experience unique barriers,” Marc Emerson Emerson, the paper’s first author and postdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger and UNC Gillings, said in a statement.

Although they have a similar risk of developing breast cancer, Black women are 42% more likely than white women to die from the disease. Among women younger than 45, the mortality rate for black women is more than double that of white women.

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