At an April 7 forum in Washington D.C. organized by the journal Health Affairs, Associate Center Director Ninez Ponce will describe how socio-economic forces are restricting access to a cutting-edge genomic test for breast cancer patients, potentially increasing the disparity in health outcomes between the wealthy and the poor.
Ponce’s discussion will be based on her Health Affairs journal article, published today, which found that wealthier women who live in communities with the greatest income divide between rich and poor had better access to a new genetic test that can determine the most effective form of treatment for early-stage breast cancer. The study also indicated that only a small minority of women with breast cancer received the test at all.
The forum, taking place at the at the National Press Club, features authors published in Health Affairs’ April issue, “The Cost and Quality of Cancer Care.” Read Ponce’s article “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality.”
Read a press release about the journal article here.
Register for the April 7 event in Washington D.C. here.
What: “Early Diffusion of Gene Expression Profiling in Breast Cancer Patients Associated with Areas of High Income Inequality”
Who: Ninez Ponce, associate director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. EDT
Where: National Press Club. 529 14th Street NW — 13th Floor, Washington, DC
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