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HHS HealthBeat (June 13, 2011)

Fears about breast cancer

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Whether breast cancer will return is something worth worrying about. But researchers say some survivors worry more than others. The researchers at the University of Michigan saw this in survey data on more than 1,800 women in Los Angeles and Detroit.

Nancy Janz says while some worry about recurrence is understandable, the amount of worry that women reported differed by their race and ethnicity:

``Latinas who preferred Spanish tended to worry more about their cancer coming back African-American women worried less.’’ (9 seconds)

Janz says survivors need good counseling to help them understand their individual risk.

The study in the journal Cancer was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 13, 2011