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- Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the study used data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.
- From the database, the research team analyzed incidence data among Indian and Pakistani women from 1990 to 2014.
- They also reviewed breast cancer characteristics, treatment and survival data for 4,900 Indian and Pakistani and 482,250 non-Hispanic white female patients between 2000 and 2016.
- The research team also found that Indian and Pakistani breast cancer patients were more likely to be diagnosed in their younger years and at more advanced stages than normal.
- The South Asian patients also received more subcutaneous or total mastectomies than their non-Hispanic white counterparts.
- Researchers also found that Indian and Pakistani women were less likely to die of breast cancer than their non-Hispanic white counterparts, but noted that they tracked their health for a shorter time.
- Center for South Asian Quantitative Health and Education at the Rutgers School of Public Health director Jaya M. Satagopan noted that the findings offer valuable insight on breast cancer incidence in Indian and Pakistani women.
- The team behind the study recommends finding ways to better engage Indian and Pakistani women in breast cancer studies and identify culturally relevant strategies to help improve preventive health care in the affected communities.