New study has shown that women can be prevented from getting recommended breast cancer treatments with the help of money problems.
The researchers had analysed data from more than 1,300 women in the Seattle-Puget Sound area and were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2004 and 2011. This was done to see whether their care met the U.S. National Comprehensive Cancer Network treatment guidelines. Out of all these women, those who has a break in their health insurance coverage were 3.5 times more likely than women with uninterrupted coverage to not receive the recommended care.
Then compared to patients with an annual family income of more than $90,000 those families with annual family income of less than $50,000 were found to be more than twice as likely to not receive recommended radiation therapy. It was also found by the investigators that lower income women were nearly five times more likely to not receive recommended chemotherapy and nearly four times more likely to not receive recommended endocrine therapy.
It was even noted that patients having constant money problems or debt at the time of their diagnosis for cancer were less likely to receive the recommended treatments. Same was for those who had problems talking to a doctor and who did not have anyone to accompany them on their hospital visits.
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