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Asian American Women Put Themselves at Great Risk for Breast Cancer

mammogramAsian American women are less likely than White women to see a doctor for follow up care after receiving an abnormal mammogram, reports UCSF.
This puts Asian American women at greater risk for later breast cancer diagnosis.

Treatment after early diagnosis is a key to survival. I know this from personal experience.
My wife developed breast cancer at the age of 39. She aggressively pushed her doctor to give her a biopsy after she discovered a lump in her breast even after the doctor told her she had nothing to worry about. That insistence saved her life. The biopsy revealed a cancerous tumor. She underwent chemotherapy and received a partial mastectomy. Today she is cancer free.

Filipino and Vietnamese women had the highest rates of delay-28 and 32 days. Japanese women had the shortest delay-19 days. Overall just 57% of Asian American women received follow up care within 30 days compared to 77 percent for White women.

“We suspected that there would be differences in delays between White and Asian women, however we were surprised to find the degree of varying delay times among the different Asian subgroups,” said lead study author Kim Hanh Nguyen of the University of California, San Francisco to the Business Insider.

“Filipino and Vietnamese women had the poorest outcomes in our study,” Nguyen said by email.


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