Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston found that Hispanic women are less likely to survive endometrial uterine cancer. The study was based on a large study that assessed the outcomes of Hispanic women suffering from this type of cancer compared to non-Hispanic white women. This study was published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology.
Between 2000 and 2010, 69,764 women were diagnosed with endometrial cancer in the United States and that data, collected by the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, was included in this study.
Dr. Ana M. Rodriguez, lead author and professor at UTMB, wanted to determine if tumor characteristics, treatment and demographic factors influence the endometrial cancer-specific survival of Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women. The sampling data was determined by researchers to be high-quality enough so that results could be generalized to the U.S. population.
Endometrial cancer is the most frequent cancerous tumor that occurs in the reproductive organs of women; is starts in the endometrium within the uterus.
According to the lead author, very few studies in the past compared cancer outcomes and characteristics such as age and disease presentation among Hispanic women. “Most research to date has focused on comparisons of white and black women with endometrial cancer,” said Rodriguez in a press release.