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Soz Praventivmed. 2005;50(4):230-7.

Breast cancer survival of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 1973-1996.

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Noqsi Research, Pine, Colorado 80470, USA. Nina.Wampler@wispertel.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess breast cancer mortality rates among American Indian/Alaska Native women compared with non-Hispanic White women in the five years after diagnosis.

METHODS:

Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data from 1973-1996 were used to compare survival in the two races, controlling for age, marital status, stage, and therapy.

RESULTS:

The adjusted relative hazard of death was 58% higher for American Indian/Alaska Native women than for non-Hispanic White women (HR = 1.58, 95% Cl 1.26-2.00). The survival disparity persisted even when limited to women who received definitive therapy, i.e. mastectomy with axillary node dissection or breast-conserving surgery with axillary node dissection and radiation treatment (HR = 1.88, 95% Cl 1.40-2.52).

CONCLUSIONS:

American Indian/Alaska Native women were at greater risk for breast cancer mortality than non-Hispanic White women, even when restricted to women who received definitive breast cancer therapy.

PMID:
16167507
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-004-4020-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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