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Breast cancer in South Asian women often diagnosed at a later stage: study

Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press 
Published Monday, April 20, 2015

TORONTO — Women of South Asian descent are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in its later stages compared to the general population, while women of Chinese ethnicity tend to be diagnosed when the disease is at an early stage, an Ontario study has found.

Given that Canadians have equal access to health services, the findings suggest programs to promote screening and early diagnosis among South Asian women should take into account cultural factors that may be roadblocks to seeking timely care, the researchers say.

“There’s an education issue,” said medical oncologist Dr Ophira Ginsburg, a scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto, which led the study. Read more

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