Geographic barriers to gynecologic oncology care affects nearly 10% of women

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Access to specialty care for gynecologic cancers is limited in a significant portion of the country, according to a recent study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study reveals that 47 states have at least one county located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist.

The researchers estimate than more than 7,000 women with gynecologic cancers experience distance-related barriers to specialist care.

In addition, referral network-related barriers affect access to specialist care for 15% of women. The study showed that 123 referral networks nationally do not have access to a gynecologic oncologist, and women have to travel outside of the referral network to be connected to a specialist.

The impact limited access to high-quality care has on clinical outcomes is not yet known. The researchers suggest future studies should focus on correlating poor clinical outcomes with geographic factors.

Geographic barriers to gynecologic oncology care affects nearly 10% of women
Access to specialty care for gynecologic cancers is limited in a significant portion of the country.
More than one-third of counties in the Unites States are located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist, making access to specialty care for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers difficult for nearly 15 million women.
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