New study shows gaps in knowledge for early-stage breast cancer patients
Jan 13, 2012
As breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death for women in the U.S., the disease is highly publicized to raise awareness. However, a new study sheds light on how little some patients know when they are first diagnosed.
According to research published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, a number of patients with the early stages of breast cancer patients lacked knowledge of the disease and did not fully participate in their treatment discussions. This is troubling breast cancer health news, as women may increase their chances of falling victim to the disease if they do not receive proper treatment.
Breast cancer survivors who were treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco or University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill were given surveys about their treatment.
The average knowledge of the responders was 52.7 percent, indicating that there are significant gaps in the information people have when they are diagnosed. The study's authors concluded that more needs to be done to keep the conversation going between patients and providers, so patients can have a better idea as to what they're up against.