09 Jun African American Women Face Increased Odds of Dying from Metastatic Breast Cancer
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Sachi Singhal, MD
Department of Medicine
Crozer Chester Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: This study focuses on analysing the National Inpatient Sample for patients with breast cancer, their breakdown by race, gender and US regions, and their mortality per sub-group.
The main findings are that African Americans, especially AA women are at significantly increased odds of dying from metastatic breast cancer in the United States.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Identifying racial disparities in breast cancer is step one of bringing change. It exists in all fronts- diagnosis, management, mortality.
We aim to shed light on existing racial disparities so we as a global oncological community can plan the steps to improve equitable health care for each subset of the population – better access to primary care, mammograms, better representation at clinical trials, access to early management and more universal insurance are some ways we can improve from different angles.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: This is an epidemiological paper demonstrating breakdown of metastatic breast cancer by race, gender and regions.
Future steps in research could be further stratifying data based on ER/PR positivity and analysing respective outcomes, interventional studies that could potentially analyse change in mortality with interventions in place, etc.
Any disclosures? We have no funding or other disclosures to add.
ASCO 2022 abstract
Racial and regional disparities in metastatic breast cancer.
Sachi Singhal, Devashish Desai, Akshita Khosla
Oladimeji Lanade, Rashmika Potdar
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Last Updated on June 9, 2022 by Marie Benz MD FAAD