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Breast cancer varies for women of different ethnicities

07 Sep 2012

A woman undergoing a mammogram. Photo: The Straits Times. 

A collaborative effort between researchers from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, led by Assocociate Professor Mikael Hartman, and the University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur revealed that Malay breast cancer patients have worst survival odds compared to Chinese and Indian women. They were also diagnosed younger with larger tumours and at later stages, and also had more malignant and aggressive tumours compared to Chinese and Indians with similar tumour sizes.

Researchers pointed to possible reasons such as differences in genetic make-up, as well as socio-economic, lifestyle and even cultural factors.

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