There are wide disparities in breast cancer-specific survival by patient sociodemographic characteristics. Women of lower income, for instance, have higher relapse and death rates from breast cancer. One possible contributing factor for this disparity is low use of adjuvant endocrine therapy - an extremely efficacious therapy in women with early stage, hormone receptor positive breast cancer, the most common subtype of breast cancer. Alone, adjuvant endocrine therapy decreases breast cancer recurrence by 50% and death by 30%. Data suggest that low use of adjuvant endocrine therapy is a potentially important and modifiable risk factor for poor outcome in low-income breast cancer patients.
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