Less-affluent women now face a greater risk of dying from breast cancer than wealthier patients, a new American Cancer Society report finds.
The trend represents a reversal of a previous trend, in which women with greater means had been at a greater risk for dying from the disease.
“In general, progress in reducing breast cancer death rates is being seen across races/ethnicities, socioeconomic status and across the U.S.,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, in a society news release. “However, not all women have benefited equally.”
“Poor women,” he noted, “are now at greater risk for breast cancer death because of less access to screening and better treatments. This continued disparity is impeding real progress against breast cancer, and will require renewed efforts to ensure that all women have access to high-quality prevention, detection and treatment services.”