Disparities in race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status: risk of mortality of breast cancer patients in the California Cancer Registry, 2000–2010

“Disparities in race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status: risk of mortality of breast cancer patients in the California Cancer Registry, 2000–2010.” By Carol Parise and Vincent Caggiano, BMC Cancer.

Racial disparities in breast cancer survival have been well documented. This study examines the association of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES) on breast cancer-specific mortality in a large population of women with invasive breast cancer. The researchers identified 179,143 cases of stages 1–3 first primary female invasive breast cancer from the California Cancer Registry from January, 2000 through December, 2010. They found that socio-economic status plays a prominent role in breast cancer-specific mortality but does not fully explain racial/ethnic disparities. The authors call for continued research in genetic, societal, and lifestyle factors.

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