Despite Database Discrepancies, Black Women Still Far Less Likely to Get Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Despite Database Discrepancies, Black Women Still Far Less Likely to Get Immediate Breast Reconstruction
Three national databases report highly varying rates of immediate breast reconstruction (IBR) among minority breast cancer patients undergoing breast removal for breast cancer, bringing focus to the already important issue of lower breast reconstruction rates among black and Hispanic women. Since the databases are used to inform healthcare policy, it is crucial that lawmakers know and understand these variations, researchers pointed out. Their study, “Differences in the reporting of racial and socioeconomic disparities among three large national databases for breast reconstruction,”appeared in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The analyses included data from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality's Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database, the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) and the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program. Researchers analyzed information from about 1.2 million patients between 2005 and 2012. During this time, overall IBR rates had gone up. The NIS database reported a rise from 19 percent to 47 percent, NSQIP from 30 percent to 49 percent, and SEER from 12 percent to 25 percent of invasive breast cancer cases. While all three databases showed that white women were most likely to get t
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  1. Erik Miles says:

    After a mastectomy, your surgeon will do a breast reconstruction surgery to get the missing part of breast. However, being black is not a choice, everybody should have equal priorities. If as a black that woman was asking to pay higher bills or being ignored, then she should have taken the medical tourism towards the Brazil. That is one of the best countries for plastic surgeries.

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