Research reveals that Pakistani women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a higher rate

According to a study, Pakistani and Indian women are diagnosed with breast cancer at a higher rate than others. It is also a more aggressive form of cancer and usually develops at an early age.

Results of the research

Researchers compared statistics of breast cancer in Indian-American, Pakistani-American, and non-Hispanic white women in the US using data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.

They reviewed the data of Pakistani and Indian women between 1990 and 2014, as well as disease characteristics, survival data, and treatment between 2000 and 2016, for about 4,900 Indo-Pak women, and 482,250 non-Hispanic women with breast cancer.

It was discovered that initially, the occurrence of breast cancer in Pakistani and Indian women was lower than in white women, but it later saw a staggering increase over the years.

According to the results, Indo-Pak women were more likely to be diagnosed at a younger age and at a more advanced stage of the disease. They also received more subcutaneous or total mastectomies than non-Hispanic white women.

The researchers discovered that while Indian and Pakistani women were also less likely to die of breast cancer than their non-Hispanic counterparts, their health was tracked for a shorter time period as well.

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