AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For Minority Physicians

Reasons narrow for disparity in breast cancer survival

Reasons narrow for disparity in breast cancer survival

The overall breast cancer survival rate is three years shorter for black women than white women, predominantly because their cancer is often more advanced when they first seek medical care, new research shows.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that while a significant number of black women still get inferior cancer care, the larger problem appears to be that black women get less health care overall, and that screening and early detection campaigns may have failed to reach black communities.

The AMA Minority Affairs Section encourages all clinical practitioners to remain committed to ongoing education about options for breast health and helping women become more informed so they can make educated, informed choices about breast cancer detection and survival.

Attend symposium on diversity and disparities Aug. 14

There's still time to register for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management's symposium on diversity and disparities, Aug. 14 in Cleveland, Ohio.

This regional symposium is designed to help health care leaders increase diversity in leadership and eliminate disparities in care at their organizations. Registration for the regional symposium can be completed online or by mailing or faxing the registration form.

Learn more about the symposium. You also may email Jetaun Mallett of the American Hospital Association or call her at (312) 422-2692.