Friday, January 20, 2006

"Room for improvement" in care after breast cancer - Survivors need their mamograms!

Reuters (via Journal of Clinical Oncology, January 2006), January 20, 2006
Survivors of early-stage breast cancer generally receive good health care in the first year after they finish treatment, but not all of them get the recommended check-up mammogram. Stage I or II breast cancer patients were asked to complete calendar diaries detailing health care use for one year after treatment. Of the 558 women recruited, 391 provided a health care diary. The researchers found that, on average, these survivors used health service 30 times in the year after treatment, a rate higher than that of the general population. Although all women should have a mammography in the first year after treatment, the researchers report that only 62 percent did so. Women who had a lumpectomy were more likely to receive a mammogram than those who had a mastectomy, and white women were more likely to receive one than nonwhite women. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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