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Black-white disparities widening in U.S. breast cancer deaths

Black-white disparities widening in U.S. breast cancer deaths | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

"In the largest cities in the U.S., death rates from breast cancer have dropped across the board over 20 years, but far less so for black women than whites, according to a new analysis.

The widening survival gap is likely due to differences in the quality of healthcare and access to it, researchers contend, because health factors alone cannot explain the changes over two decades.

"The advancements in screening tools and treatment which occurred in the 1990's were largely available to White women, while Black women, who were more likely to be uninsured, did not gain equal access to these life-saving technologies," lead author Bijou Hunt, an epidemiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, told Reuters Health in an email.

Past research has examined racial differences in survival for specific cancers and for cancer in general and found at least some could be explained by biology. High blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems that both worsen cancer outcomes and are more common among blacks have received some of the blame.

Black women are also more likely than whites to have aggressive breast tumors that don't respond to the most effective treatments. This basic difference in cancer genetics is another reason given for differing survival when it comes to breast cancer.

To assess changes in survival trends on a national level, Hunt and her colleagues looked at mortality rates in the largest U.S. cities at four different time points: 1990-1994, 1995-1999, 2000-2004 and 2005-2009.

They found that during the 20-year span, deaths from breast cancer fell overall - by 13 percent for black women and by 27 percent for white women. While a gap was already present in the early 1990s, it widened considerably with time."

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It is clear that the widening survival gap has a lot to do with access to health care. Hunt told Reuters Heath, "If genetics were responsible . . . we would not have seen the rates go from being nearly equal in most places at the first time point to being so much worse for Black women than for White women at the last time point.

Increased screening and treatment options among whites, coupled with both a lack of access to and lower quality of screening and treatment among blacks appear to be the more important culprits. 

To see the study with in depth analysis of the increasing black-white disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the US published in Cancer Epidemiology go to: http://www.avonfoundation.org/assets/bcds/2014-bc-disparities-study.pdf


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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, March 25, 2014 1:54 PM

Cancer doesn't discriminate....neither should screenings, treatment or care.  Time to close the gap!

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This Lingerie Brand Cast Breast Cancer Survivors for Its NYFW Runway

This Lingerie Brand Cast Breast Cancer Survivors for Its NYFW Runway | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Lingerie and loungewear label AnaOno, which caters to breast cancer survivors, showcased the beauty and strength of its clientele on its Spring 2017 runway.
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So proud of the AnaOno lingerie and loungewear label strutting their stuff on the NYFW Runway catering to breast cancer survivors! 

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Living Beyond Breast Cancer Creates Healthcare Newsroom To Provide Policy Updates

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Creates Healthcare Newsroom To Provide Policy Updates | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --�To help people affected by breast cancer understand and prepare for changes to healthcare insurance policies that might affect them, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has created a
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Check out the great work being done at Living Beyond Breast Cancer 

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Drug trials funded by big pharmas could be biased

Drug trials funded by big pharmas could be biased | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Experts, from the University of California San Francisco, found in 58 per cent of trials the lead investigator had at least some degree of financial tie to the firm that made the drug being tested.
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One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases

One Breath Into This Breathalyzer Can Diagnose 17 Diseases | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new breathalyzer can detect 17 different diseases, including pre-eclampsia and chronic kidney disease, from a single breath.
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To see the original study go to: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsnano.6b04930

 

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‘Miracle Patient’ Finds New Hope with Breast Cancer Vaccine

‘Miracle Patient’ Finds New Hope with Breast Cancer Vaccine | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
City of Hope patient Susan Young - diagnosed with late-stage triple negative breast cancer - has had a remarkable response to a revolutionary new treatment, a combination of the p53 cancer vaccine and a drug that blocks a specific cancer-aiding...
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This is truly remarkable. Hopefully it can help more people.
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We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

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Methylation of Gene Panel May Help Predict Breast CA Survival --Doctors Lounge

Methylation of Gene Panel May Help Predict Breast CA Survival --Doctors Lounge | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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OncoCyte (OCX) Says Poster on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Test to Be Presented at SABCS

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OncoCyte (OCX) Says Poster on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Test to Be Presented at SABCS
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Here's an example of liquid biopsy tests to be presented at SABCS.

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Take multiple biopsies in studies of personalised breast cancer treatments, study says

Take multiple biopsies in studies of personalised breast cancer treatments, study says | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Clinicians should take multiple biopsies from patients in clinical trials of targeted breast cancer drugs to avoid missing key mutations with important implications for treatment, new research has found. Genetic profiling of patients' tumours using biopsies has become more common in recent years, helping to drive personalised therapy and ensure that patients receive the treatments most likely to be effective for them.
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Survivorship: Follow-Up Care | The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation

Survivorship: Follow-Up Care | The American Society of Breast Surgeons Foundation | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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Novartis breast cancer drug gets FDA fast track, takes on Pfizer

Novartis breast cancer drug gets FDA fast track, takes on Pfizer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave fast-track review status to Novartis's medication ribociclib in first-line treatment of postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer as the Swiss company seeks to challenge Pfizer's Ibrance drug.

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Always wonder when there's a new drug like Novartis' ribocibib  competing with Pfizer's drug Ibrance , does it helps metastatic breast cancer patients by improving the drug? In this article, t's hard to tell. 

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The Case Against The Case Against Mammography

The Case Against The Case Against Mammography | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
The overdiagnosis campaign reflects a lack of respect for women’s capacity to act rationally upon receiving an abnormal test result.
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Great Article by Elaine Schattner, putting a real analysis on the issue for patients. It's shocking they are making this report on mammography based on 2002 data.

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Crowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers

Crowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new project aims to gather molecular and genetic clues from metastatic breast cancer patients in hopes of finding new and better ways of treating patients
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Financial Toxicity and Cancer Treatment

Financial Toxicity and Cancer Treatment | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Expert-reviewed information summary about the risk of experiencing financial difficulty during cancer treatment.
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The difficulties of finances on top of side effects from treatments all causes issues for cancer patients. 

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Revolutionary Israeli device can eliminate need for follow-up breast cancer surgery

Revolutionary Israeli device can eliminate need for follow-up breast cancer surgery | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
MarginProbe, which checks tumor's edges while lumpectomy patient is still on operating table, is already in use in over 100 US hospitals
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While the article is overpraising the device as eliminating the need for follow up surgery since no device can ever predict that, it still is a great new tool. 

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Enzymes' Role in Breast Cancers That Are Estrogen Receptor-positive ID'd

Enzymes' Role in Breast Cancers That Are Estrogen Receptor-positive ID'd | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
In a study, scientists identified the enzymes LATS1 and LATS2 as key in the development and treatment of estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.
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Do Screening Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths Or Lead To Overtreatment? Probably Both

Do Screening Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Deaths Or Lead To Overtreatment? Probably Both | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
A new study of Danish women suggests that screening mammography detects many tumors that might not have ever harmed women.
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So the debate continues about mammograms. This article looks at both sides of the issue,. Rita Rubin writes about the factors where screening could be ineffective, yet recognizing that the biggest problem is that they still don't know which tumors are going to spread. The article also recognizes the metastatic breast cancer problem as the deaths just keep coming.. With MBC we have to do better. 

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Beware of Predatory Cancer Testing Companies

Beware of Predatory Cancer Testing Companies | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
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What a terrible cancer scam rip off!
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:37 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Tumor Evolution in Two Patients with Basal-like Breast Cancer: A Retrospective Genomics Study of Multiple Metastases

Tumor Evolution in Two Patients with Basal-like Breast Cancer: A Retrospective Genomics Study of Multiple Metastases | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Charles Perou and colleagues report on somatic mutations in primary tumors and metastases from two patients with basal-like breast cancer.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:37 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Trend No. 1 — Cancer MoonShot

Trend No. 1 — Cancer MoonShot | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
This historic collaborative initiative aims to accelerate the potential of immunotherapy as the next generation standard of care for cancer.
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Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics

Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Despite considerable investment and innovation, chemotherapy drugs have had little effect on survival in adults with metastatic cancer.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:38 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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‘Bald Ballerina’ Keeps Dancing Through a Double Mastectomy and Treatment for Terminal Breast Cancer

‘Bald Ballerina’ Keeps Dancing Through a Double Mastectomy and Treatment for Terminal Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
“ Maggie Kudirka was just 22 and a ballerina with the Joffrey company when she discovered a lump that turned out to be terminal breast cancer”
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:38 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Breast Cancer Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies Report 2012-2021 - Research and Markets

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Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Breast Cancer Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016" report to their offering.

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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 3:39 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/ 

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Breast Cancer's Complexity Pushes Researchers to Look Beyond the Genome

Breast Cancer's Complexity Pushes Researchers to Look Beyond the Genome | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Although breast cancer research has helped chart the course for molecularly targeted therapies in oncology, next-generation sequencing technologies have revealed a disease so highly complex and heterogeneous that translating these findings into...
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Male survivors remind us that men get breast cancer, too

Male survivors remind us that men get breast cancer, too | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Newsflash – men have breast tissue, which means they can get breast cancer just like women.
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Irina Bcra's curator insight, December 27, 2016 4:08 AM

We are an independent charity that supports innovative breast cancer research across the UK.

We aim to help beat breast cancer and save lives by supporting ground-breaking research.

Through our fundraising we support research organisations to develop and run breast cancer research programmes. These programmes enable huge steps to be taken in improving the prevention and treatment of breast cancer – the most common type of cancer in the UK.

http://breastcancerresearchaid.org.uk/

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Androgen Receptor Antagonists Approach Primetime for Breast Cancer

Androgen Receptor Antagonists Approach Primetime for Breast Cancer | Breast Cancer News | Scoop.it
Existing data for androgen receptor (AR) antagonists are encouraging and anticipated future results could soon show a benefit for these agents in large populations of patients with breast cancer.
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