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Race may play role in breast cancer survival rates

According to a report from the American Cancer Society, the death rates for women with breast cancer have come down in recent years overall. However, not all patients in North Carolina or elsewhere face the same outcomes. White women have a 39 percent greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women based on data from 2015. Similar differences in patient outcomes between white and black patients were observed in the 1980s.

However, it was also determined that Asians, native Americans and Hispanic women have the lowest rates of breast cancer. This may be partially because race may influence the type of tumor that a woman gets. Black women are most likely to get triple negative cancer, which may be more difficult to treat compared to the HR+/HER2- tumors that white patients may be more likely to get.

Other factors were also considered such as a patient's weight and overall lifestyle. It was also noted that black women may have reduced access to early screening tools as well as to drugs that may help treat their condition. Lack of transportation or an inability to take time off from work may hamper a woman's ability to seek care. If breast cancer is detected early enough, it may be easier to treat and may result in better patient outcomes.

A failure to timely diagnoses breast cancer may result in a worsened medical condition. Negligence may have occurred if a doctor failed to perform a test or otherwise did not exhibit the requisite standard of care. People who have been harmed in such a manner might want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney and discuss their options.

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