Study Examines Disparities in Breast Cancer ResearchNovember 20, 2017 |
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.