Delayed surgery may affect survival of young breast cancer patients

04/25/2013 | Reuters

U.S. researchers looked at 8,860 breast cancer patients between ages 15 to 39 and found that five-year survival rates were reduced when surgery was delayed. The study in the journal JAMA Surgery found that Hispanic and black patients were more likely to delay surgery for more than six weeks than white patients. "This study adds to a number of other studies that have also documented treatment delays that are patterned by race or socioeconomic status," McGill University researcher Sam Harper said.

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