Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association


Racial Differences in the Intensity of Breast Cancer Treatment

Emma Bojinova

vol. 3, September 2010, p. 10-18


Breast cancer has the highest mortality rate among females diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Racial discrimination along with the stigma of inferiority of the minority groups can adversely affect health. The goal of this paper is to investigate if there are racial differences in the intensity of treatment of breast cancer patients. Based on cross-sectional data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, different specifications are used to estimate if African-Americans, Hispanics, and other racial groups are treated less intensively in comparison with white Americans when they are admitted to hospitals in 35 states.


suggested citation:

Emma Bojinova. "Racial Differences in the Intensity of Breast Cancer Treatment." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 3, September 2010, p. 10-18

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