Latina women with breast cancer aren’t as apt to have their breasts rebuilt after cancer treatment, new research shows – but not for lack of interest.
New statistics show that women in certain ethnic groups are much less likely to have reconstructive surgery after their mastectomy.
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that some Latinas with breast cancer aren’t as apt to have their breasts rebuilt after cancer treatment – but not for lack of interest.
According to the data, it’s mainly a lack of information about how plastic surgery can restore the shape of their breast after a mastectomy.
The data shows that Latinas are the least likely to get a referral to a plastic surgeon after having addressed the breast cancer itself. The new study doesn’t give a clear answer as to why this is happening, but suggests that a widespread language barrier among doctors is creating the problem. It does show, however, that cultural differences can have a strong impact on medical treatment.