Not enough younger black women referred for BRCA testing

Few black women aged 50 years or younger eligible for genetic testing for breast cancer had been referred for such testing or genetic counseling.

Model underestimates breast cancer risk for some African-American women

A breast cancer risk model for African-American women underpredicted individual risk and risk of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative disease.

Longer delays in breast cancer treatment may affect survival


Delays between a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment increase the risk of death for women with late-stage cancers, according to a recently published study. A second study found that the median wait time between diagnosis and treatment has grown longer.

High mortality persists for black women with breast cancer

Black women have the highest death rate from breast cancer of all racial and ethnic groups, and are 40% more likely to die of the disease than are white women, according to a new report from the CDC.

Black patients with kidney cancer have worse survival than whites


Among patients with renal cell carcinoma, whites consistently have a survival advantage over blacks, regardless of patient or tumor characteristics or surgical treatment. These findings suggest the need for additional efforts to prolong the survival of all patients with kidney cancer.

Expectations too high for palliative chemotherapy

Many persons who receive chemotherapy for incurable cancers may not understand that the treatment is unlikely to be curative.

Increased risk for breast cancer death among black women is greatest during early postdiagnosis years


Non-Hispanic black women with breast cancer, specifically estrogen-positive tumors, are at a significantly increased risk for breast cancer death compared with non-Hispanic white women. The difference is greatest in the first 3 years after diagnosis.

Black patients receive less clinical trial information than white patients


Racial disparities in the quality of communication between physicians and patients were further confirmed by a study comparing how physicians discuss clinical trials during clinical interactions with black patients versus white patients.

Race and socioeconomics impact emergency colorectal cancer diagnosis


Among patients with colorectal cancer, 29% in a nationally representative sample were diagnosed after an emergency, such as an obstruction or perforation of the bowel.

Direct-mail FOBT kits bridge colorectal screening gap

The mailing of fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits boosted colorectal cancer screening rates in a low-income, racially diverse patient population.

Disparities in health care: The black population

Disparities in health care: The black population


In this second installment on disparate populations, the author focuses on the challenges to providing oncologic care to the black community.

PSA era sees improved overall survival rates in prostate cancer

Overall survival rates have improved for men with prostate cancer following the introduction of PSA screening, particularly for African Americans.

Diagnosis delayed for certain cancers and certain patients

A large UK study found a wide variation between cancer types in patients who had visited their general practitioner 3 or more times before cancer diagnosis.

Using a palliative approach to maintain nutrition and reduce discomfort in patients with EC

Using a palliative approach to maintain nutrition and reduce discomfort in patients with EC


Prognosis for patients with esophageal cancer is poor. Care options focus on minimizing discomfort and maintaining nutritional status.

Cancer pain often undertreated, especially among minorities

One-third of outpatients with breast, prostate, colon/rectum, or lung cancer were receiving insufficient pain treatment, particularly minorities.

Wayward gene found, vanquished in some East Asians with CML and NSCLC

Researchers found that a gene mutation prevents tyrosine kinase inhibitors from working in some East Asian cancer patients, and can correct this.

Study demonstrates mortality disparity among colorectal cancer patients

Concerted efforts to prevent or detect colorectal cancer at earlier stages in black patients could improve the worsening black-white disparities uncovered in a recent analysis.

ACS annual report says cancer mortality is decreasing

Cancer incidence rates in men declined by 0.6% per year and remained stable in women and cancer mortality fell by 1.8% per year for men and by 1.6% per year for women between 2004 and 2008.

Cutaneous melanoma begets cutaneous melanoma

Continued skin surveillance is important for survivors of cutaneous melanoma (CM), indicate findings showing that this is the most common second primary cancer among persons with a first CM.

Better calcium absorption may raise risk of prostate cancer

A high intake of calcium may cause prostate cancer in African American men who carry a gene that increases intestinal absorption of the mineral, indicates a recent study.

Racial disparity widens for breast and colon cancer diagnosis


Blacks have a disproportionately higher cancer burden than other races, according to a study published in Hormones and Cancer (2010;1(1):55-62).

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