The longer a woman delays to begin her treatment for breast cancer, the outcome only gets worse.
According to a recent California study, women who are poor tend to delay treatment and this could be putting their recovery at risk.
In the study, researchers analyzed outcomes of women who began treatment within two weeks of diagnosis and those that delayed and took at least six weeks to commence treatment.
"Surgical delay time was a significant risk factor for reduced survival after breast cancer diagnosis independent of race/ethnicity, cancer state at diagnosis, age, insurance type, and SES. It may be difficult for a physician to make arrangements for surgery because of barriers such as a patient's lack of insurance," researchers said.