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Colon, breast, ovarian cancer survival rates lower in blacks than whites

08 December 2017

They estimated the number of deaths from breast cancer that were avoided because of screening, and measured breast cancer overdiagnosis, defined as the number of breast cancers that would have never been detected during a woman's lifetime in the absence of screening. The survey asked respondents to discuss experiences of a patient and a friend or family member diagnosed with breast cancer.

Scientific American examined the studies, including one that focused on breast cancer survival rates. However, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends personalized screening decisions between the ages of 40 and 49 with biennial mammograms between the ages of 50 and 74. Majority of these cases displayed that the cancer was harmless and would have gone overlooked if it wouldn't have been for mammograms. However, mammograms have made a little or no change at all. Physicians who report a social network member with a poor breast cancer prognosis are more likely to recommend routine breast cancer screening for younger and older age groups, according to a research letter published online December 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine. In the other scenario, no ounce of the wasted treatment was redeemed by conserved lives.

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The results were published Tuesday in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal. Therefore, a team, led by Philippe Autier at the International Prevention Research Institute in France, undertook an update of the incidence of different stages of breast cancer among women of all ages in the Netherlands from 1989 to 2012.

Screening programs rest on the assumption that cancers caught early are easier to treat than those noticed after they start causing symptoms. The authors found that 81% of physicians recommended screening to women between the ages of 40 and 44, 88% recommended screening for women ages 44 to 49, and 67% recommended it for women age 75 or older. "As a first step toward increasing adherence to guidelines, it may be necessary to create opportunities and messaging strategies that help physicians recognize the experiences that help shape their recommendations", Pollack said. That was 38 percent lower than in the years 1987 to 1989, before the screening program began.

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Karen Kaplan is a Los Angeles Times writer.

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Colon, breast, ovarian cancer survival rates lower in blacks than whites