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Study Examines Disparities in Breast Cancer Research

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by Augusta Free Press

Motivation for cancer survivors to provide samples for genetic tests depends on oncologist engagement or the patient’s religion, rather than race, according to a VCU-led study.

The study, titled “Biospecimen Donation among Black and White Breast Cancer Survivors: Opportunities to Promote Precision Medicine,” published Nov. 16 in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. It found that women who had earlier-stage, less aggressive breast cancers, those who were less religious and experienced a greater sense of well-being, and those who had better access to health care were more likely to provide saliva specimens for future cancer research.

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