Your Health 12-05-12 Breast cancer disparities among black women

Black women with breast cancer are less likely than white women to benefit from improved surgical techniques used to treat their disease.{} This news comes from the American Association for Cancer Research.

After examining five years of data, researchers in Houston found black women were 12 percent less likely than white women to undergo less invasive procedures for staging breast cancer, such as sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Dr. Dalliah Mashon Black, an assistant professor of surgery in the department of surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston says, "These findings are an example of the need for continued improvements in disseminating national practice guidelines for breast cancer to surgeons and other breast cancer providers in all of our communities."