Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Yale Study Compares Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Yale Study Compares Breast Cancer Survival Rates

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NEW HAVEN, CONN.

African American patients with breast cancer who are treated with conservative surgery and radiation therapy have similar survival rates to that of White patients, despite the earlier age of onset and larger tumor size, according to a Yale study.

The study was prompted by the fact that although the incidence of breast cancer is about 13 percent lower for African American women than for White women, the mortality rate from breast cancer is higher for all stages of the disease in African American women, said the principal investigator, Dr. Bruce Haffty, professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine.

The study published in the July/August issue of the Cancer Journal of Scientific American rules out standard treatment as the reason for the difference in the mortality rate.

"Despite a younger age of onset and larger tumor size, the outcome in African American patients with breast cancer who are treated with conservative surgery and radiation therapy is similar to White patients in terms of overall survival," Haffty says. …

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