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Study Examines Disparities in Breast Cancer Research


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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