New Study Reveals Longer Follow-Up Time for Asian American Women After Abnormal Mammogram

Thu Aug 24 2017 07:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Agnes Constante, from NBC News.com

Asian American women are less likely to receive timely follow-up treatment after an abnormal mammogram compared to white women, according to a new study.

Asian American women are less likely to receive timely follow-up treatment after an abnormal mammogram compared to white women, according to a new study. This delay could potentially put Asian-American women at a higher risk of delayed breast cancer diagnosis. In the study, published in the journal Cancer this month, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that among Asian American women, Vietnamese and Filipino women experienced the highest rates of follow-up delay. “We were surprised to find delays in different Asian subgroups,” Kim Nguyen, an author of the study and a scientist with the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, told NBC News. Many population-based breast cancer studies don't include Asians, and those that do usually combine them into a single group, Nguyen said. “This is something that’s really important because Asians are not a monolithic group. There are significant differences that we are finding between Asian ethnic groups and health, and that’s why its very important to disaggregate the different ethnic groups when we’re studying health,” she added. For the study, researchers analyzed the records of 49,538 white and Asian women from the San Francisco Mammography Registry between 2000 to 2010. Six Asian ethnic groups — Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, other Asian (including Thai, Cambodian and other Southeast Asians), and mixed Asian (individuals who self-reported as Asian and at least one other race) — were represented in the sample researchers examined.

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