Tag: Health Disparities

ICARE Newsletter Spring 2022 

 Ask the Expert 

The below question was addressed by ICARE Founder, Dr. Tuya Pal, and her oncology colleague, Dr. Sonya Reid. Dr. Pal is a Professor of Genetic Medicine, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, and the Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities at VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center. Dr. Reid is an Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2023

Inherited Breast Cancers Across Populations

Did you know that BRCA1/2 are amongst the most well-studied genes, yet most BRCA1/2 studies have been done in White populations? This means our knowledge about genes and risks comes primarily from White populations. • Some research suggests that BRCA1/2 gene mutations may be more common in young Black women with breast cancer. • Even …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2023

Why is diversity in genomics studies important?

Did you know that about 80% of genomics data comes from European populations, yet they only make up about 16% of the world population? This bias means Europeans stand to benefit the most, while important associations for other ancestry groups may be missed. Not including diverse populations in genomics research can further WIDEN disparities!

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2022

Breast Cancer Genes in Women of African Ancestry

A recent study in women of African ancestry confirmed genes previously identified to have associations with breast cancer risk (BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, ATM, TP53, NF1, and CHEK2) and provided new evidence of breast cancer risk for RAD51C and RAD51D, which was identified previously in European ancestry populations.Check out the full article at 👇https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35396981/Reference: Díaz-Zabala, et …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

BRCA1/2: Asian Breast Cancer Patients

A new study highlights the importance of customizing mutation carrier prediction models in order to improve the accuracy of predicting the likelihood of carrying a BRCA mutation in Asian breast cancer patients.Read the article for more info!https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.21.01647?cid=DM9826&bid=143994923Reference: Hong Ang et al. J Clin Oncol. 2022 Feb 10;JCO2101647. PMID: 35143328.

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

Breast Cancer: Leading Cause Of Cancer-Associated Death Among Black Women

Did you know breast cancer surpassed lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death among Black women in the United States? Although Black women are at a lower risk for developing breast cancer, they are 41% more likely to die of breast cancer compared with White women.Future research is needed to reverse course, through …

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ICARE Social Media Post March 2022

Komen Blog Post: Dr. Pal Interview

Komen Scholar, ICARE Founder and Clinical Geneticist, Dr. Tuya Pal, was recently interviewed for the Komen Blog. In the interview, Dr. Pal discusses the importance of making genetic counseling and testing more accessible in order to help populations who are at high risk for inherited cancer make more informed decisions about their medical care.Read the …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2022

Dr. Pal’s GIM Editorial

 

Estimating Polygenetic Risk Scores in non-Europeans through extrapolating from data in European descent populations is not accurate! Diversity in genomic studies is critically needed for both equity and scientific discovery. For more information, read the Genetics in Medicine editorial by ICARE Founder, Dr. Tuya Pal, here 👇https://www.gimjournal.org/article/S1098-3600(21)05396-X/fulltextReference: Pal. Genet Med. 2021 Nov 20;S1098-3600(21)05396-X. PMID: 34906472.

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

Breast Cancer Risk Prediction Model for Black Women

 

A new breast cancer model has been developed and validated for breast cancer risk prediction, specifically for Black women in the United States. This is in contrast to prior models, which were developed in White women, and used in Black women (which UNDERPREDICTED risks). This is a notable advance as we strive towards health equity …

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ICARE Social Media Post December 2021

The Impact of Subtype and Race on Breast Cancer Survival

A recent article 𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝘀. 𝗦𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝘂𝘆𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺, published in 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, outlines the impact of race and molecular subtype on HR+, HER2- breast cancer survival. Check out the full article at https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10549-021-06342-0.pdf Reference: Reid et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Oct;189(3):845-852. PMID: 34331630.

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2021

Changes in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Care and Health Among US Adults at Age 65 Years

For more information, read the full article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2782345

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2021

Disparities in Cancer Survival Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Check out the full article for more information: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djab006/6117446

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ICARE Social Media Post June 2021

Actionable Pathogenic Variants Among Caribbean-Born People With Breast or Ovarian Cancer

For more information, view the article at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2776805

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ICARE Social Media Post May 2021

Race-Based Oncology

For more information, view the article at the following link: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/PO.20.00418

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Addressing Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Clinical Trial Enrollment

For more information, read the recently published ASCO Daily News editorial led by 𝗗𝗿. 𝗦𝗼𝗻𝘆𝗮 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which focused on racial disparities in breast cancer clinical trial enrollment: https://dailynews.ascopubs.org/do/10.1200/ADN.21.200499/full/

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ICARE Social Media Post April 2021

Komen Disparities Resource

Check out Susan G. Komen’s “𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆, 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝗸” resource, which outlines disparities in breast cancer, how to understand your risk, and recommended screening and management practices. To learn more, please visit: 👉 https://www.komen.org/about-komen/our-impact/breast-cancer/health-equities-initiative/know-your-history/ 👉 https://blog.komen.org/news/black-history-month/

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ICARE Newsletter Winter 2021

Exploring Disparities Among Those with Inherited Cancers

It has never been more urgent to ensure that advances in genomic technologies do not further widen existing cancer health disparities. In the fall of 2020, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) put forth a report focused on cancer health disparities, in which they highlighted several issues.1 Notably, disparities in inherited cancer care were …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

B-GREAT 2020 Newsletter

The B-GREAT 2020 Newsletter is now available! Check out this latest edition for research updates and information about racial inequalities in healthcare. You can read the newsletter by visiting: https://bgreatinitiative.inheritedcancer.net/wp-content/uploads/BGREAT-Newsletter-2020.pdf. Please feel free to share with family members, friends, and/or your healthcare providers.  We will be publishing these newsletters twice a year starting in 2021. …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2020

Identifying Individuals At-Risk for Inherited Cancer: Disparities Among Ovarian Cancer Patients

This study highlights disparities among ovarian cancer patients. For further information, view the article at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30964716/

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ICARE Social Media Post September 2020

AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2020

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) published a Cancer Disparities Progress Report. “… our limited knowledge of cancer biology in racial and ethnic minorities, including their inherited cancer predisposition and the genomic underpinnings of cancer initiation and progression, diminishes the potential of precision medicine in these populations.” This report discusses relevant information about inherited …

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Disparities in BRCA Counseling Across Diverse Populations

A recently published study based on data from our participants showed that few young Black women with breast cancer see a genetic counselor AND those with insurance are LESS likely to see a genetic counselor. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ For more information, check out the full study at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41436-020-0762-0 

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ICARE Social Media Post August 2020

Genes That Predispose African American Women to Breast Cancer

A recently published study based on data including our participants identified genes that predispose African American patients to breast cancer.  For more information, check out the full study at: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djaa040/5838706.

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ICARE Social Media Post July 2020

Racial Inequalities in Genetics

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1″ display=”basic_slideshow” arrows=”1″ show_thumbnail_link=”0″]It is important to talk about racial inequalities in healthcare as it affects the care received among Black patients. Through our research efforts, we not only want to address the issue of racism but also think about ways to make healthcare more equitable. A recently published study including our research …

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ICARE Publication February 2020

Disparities in BRCA counseling across providers in a diverse population of young breast cancer survivors

Abstract Purpose: All women diagnosed with breast cancer (BC) ≤age 50 should be referred for genetic counseling (GC) and testing. We sought to compare differences in provider practices and access across a racially and ethnically diverse population of young BC survivors. Methods: A registry-based sample of women diagnosed with invasive BC ≤age 50 from 2009 to 2012 …

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ICARE Social Media Post January 2020

Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Women of non-European ancestry diagnosed with ovarian cancer have lower rates of referral for genetic testing despite current national guidelines stating ALL women with ovarian cancer and/or a close-blood relative with ovarian cancer should be offered genetic counseling and testing. One study reported that only 1/3 of Black, Latina, and Asian women were referred for …

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ICARE Publication November 2019

Sex Disparity Observed for Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score in Predicting Mortality Among Patients with Early Stage ER-Positive Breast Cancer

Abstract Purpose: Prognostic value of Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score (RS) in male patients with breast cancer is understudied. We evaluated associations of RS with overall mortality in male patients with breast cancer and compared it with female counterparts. Experimental design: With a cohort of 848 male and 110,898 female patients with breast cancer identified from the …

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ICARE Social Media Post November 2019

Educational Resources: The Family Link Between Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Black Women

The differences seen in access to healthcare across different racial groups are known as health disparities. To address the gap in awareness, we have pursued efforts to raise awareness about inherited breast cancer among African Americans. We are excited to introduce you to another invaluable resource, the Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education for African American …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

BRCA Testing In Black Women

Did you know? Although BRCA testing has been around for over TWO decades, not all populations have benefitted equally from testing. In fact, our previous research has shown that black patients are less aware of BUT interested in genetic testing…when they know about it. In addition, healthcare providers are less likely to identify and suggest …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

Inherited Breast Cancer Among Latina Women

Latina women are at risk for inherited breast cancer: Breast cancer mortality rates are higher among Latina women compared to non-Hispanic White women. Latina women also have a higher prevalence of triple-negative breast cancer when compared to with non-Hispanic White women. Latina women are diagnosed with breast cancer at earlier ages, 56 years versus 63 …

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ICARE Social Media Post October 2019

Male Breast Cancer Risk

Did you know? Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, was diagnosed with breast cancer. He states, “we used to think this was only an issue for women, but this is male or female.” According to CBS news, “he is hoping that sharing his story as man with breast cancer will shine a light on the risk men …

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ICARE Publication September 2019

Overall Mortality After Diagnosis of Breast Cancer in Men vs Women

Abstract Importance: Survival differences between male and female patients with breast cancer have been reported, but the underlying factors associated with the disparity have not been fully studied. This understanding is fundamental to developing strategies for cancer treatment and survivorship care. Objective: To compare mortality between male and female patients with breast cancer and quantitatively evaluate the …

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ICARE Publication January 2019

Genetic Testing Across Young Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Breast Cancer Survivors: Facilitators, Barriers, and Awareness of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Abstract Aims: This study compared facilitators and barriers to genetic testing and determined awareness about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) across young Hispanic and non-Hispanic white (NHW) breast cancer (BC) survivors. Materials and methods: Women diagnosed with BC of age ≤50 years in 2009-2012 were recruited through the Florida State Cancer Registry to complete a questionnaire. …

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ICARE Publication August 2017

A community-academic partnership to explore informational needs of African American women as a primer for cancer clinical trial recruitment

Abstract Background: African Americans (AAs) are less likely to participate in cancer clinical trials (CCTs) despite experiencing disproportionately higher rates of cancer mortality. As a way to address these ongoing disparities, this study sought to qualitatively explore informational needs regarding CCTs among AA women and identify message considerations for educational information targeting AA women and their …

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