April 20, 2017
Jen Marie Robustelli

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More Asian-American Women Getting Breast Cancer—Remembering Henrietta Lacks—Disparities in Care by Gender and Race

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More Asian-American Women Are Getting Breast Cancer

Data from 1988 to 2013 shows steady increase in breast cancer among women in California from seven Asian ethnic groups.

Researchers from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California found among seven Asian ethnic groups, every group except Japanese women had an overall increase in breast cancer incidence. The largest increases were among Koreans, South Asians and Southeast Asians. The researchers also found that HER2 breast cancer was more common among Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese women than among white women—pointing to a possible genetic factor for the disparity. 

Medicare Publishes Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care by Gender

The companion to a November 2016 report that stratified clinical quality measures by race shows disparities by gender as well.

The CMS Office of Minority Health published a companion report where you can now see disparities in care across not only race, but gender. While there aren't many "a-ha" overall trends to note, in cancer care metrics, white women were the least likely group to get appropriate breast cancer screenings. Hispanic and asian/island pacific groups across both genders were also most likely to get appropriate colorectal cancer screenings. It's tough to make more of this data without seeing the data segmented by geography and other factors.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks—portrayed by Oprah (!)—is adapted for an HBO film from Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book.

Henrietta Lacks is remembered for the discovery of her "immortal" HeLa cells during treatment for cervical cancer in the early 1950s. These cells have been in used in labs for over 65 years and contributed the understanding of virology, longevity, accelerating development of the Polio vaccine, mapping the human genome, and the creation of an HPV vaccine that has been credited to reduce cancer-causing HPV infection strains in young women by nearly two-thirds. Fun fact: the Cota office has a conference room named after her. 

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