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Survival Chances Decrease If Women Delay Breast Cancer Treatment

by Savitha C Muppala on April 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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 Survival Chances Decrease If Women Delay Breast Cancer Treatment

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.

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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.

Nearly 22% of women who delayed their treatment for at least six weeks were not alive five years later. 18% of women with no health insurance or who were insured through a public program like MediCal did not begin treatment before six weeks after the diagnosis and 31% of them died within five years. They also found that the five-year survival rate was by far the least for African American women (57%), followed by Latinas (74%), Asian Americans (81%) and whites (86%).
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"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.



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