Race Differences in Breast Cancer Survival
Annual rept. 1 Jul 1998-30 Jun 1999
YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CT SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
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This is a follow-up study of a cohort of African-American and Caucasian women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 1980s. Its purpose is to examine race differences blackwhite in breast cancer survival. In addition to measuring survival and examining racial differences in survival, this study also seeks to identify prognostic factors related to survival for the study population and to determine if the prognostic indicators are the same for women of both races. At the end of year three of this four-year project, our preliminary results indicate a survival disadvantage for black women compared with white women with breast cancer, before and after adjustment for stage at diagnosis. Early findings suggest that the survival differential is not explained by race differences in socioeconomic status as measured with years of education. Over the course of the study, these findings will be expanded using more complete data on vital status, cause of death, and time to recurrence. Additionally, we will evaluate the prognostic significance of a wide range of factors including medical care and psychosocial variables, other tumor characteristics, and molecular alterations, thus permitting a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the blackwhite survival difference in breast cancer.
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