10/26/2010 01:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Race, insurance, and breast cancer diagnosis

It's not just access to insurance that privileges White women in breast cancer treatment.

New research shows that, even with the same kind of insurance, White women's breast cancer is diagnosed more efficiently than that of Black and Latina women.

The research involved almost 1,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer over 11 years in Washington, D.C. They recorded the number of days between the discovery of an anomaly and the diagnosis:

Source: My graph from data in the news release.

The cause of the delays was not revealed in the study, but potential culprits include behavior by patients, doctors, and hospital actors -- the subject of new research the authors hope to inspire.

Cross posted from the Family Inequality blog.