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"Earlier Breast Cancer Screening Would Narrow Mortality gap for Black Women, U.S. Study Finds"

Reuters quoted Dr. Carol Mangione, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, about research into disparities in breast cancer survival in the United States

Monday, October 18, 2021

Racial disparities in breast cancer survival in the United States could be cut by more than half if Black women got mammograms every other year starting at age 40, according to findings from a model of simulated health outcomes published on Monday.

Compared with white women in the United States, Black women are younger at breast cancer diagnosis, are diagnosed more often with hard-to-treat or advanced-stage cancers, and are more likely to die from breast cancer, the study authors note.

The government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - whose guidelines are widely followed by doctors, insurance companies and policymakers - calls for regular mammograms for all women every two years starting at age 50. The task force said women in their 40s should discuss with their doctors any need for earlier screening.