Washington: A new University of Michigan study has concluded that women in developed countries survive roughly 10 years longer after a breast cancer diagnosis compared to women in poor-to-middle-income countries.The report demonstrates the lack of access to good health care faced by women in poor countries, said the study`s principal investigator Rajesh Balkrishnan, an associate professor at the U-M schools of Pharmacy and Public Health.Early diagnosis and sustained treatment were the biggest hurdles and also the main indicators of patient survival, he said.Balkrishnan and colleagues looked at roughly 300 women in the southern rural district of Udupi, India. Patients received one of three chemotherapy drug regimens depending on the stage of cancer. Only about 27 percent of patients were diagnosed in the early stages of cancer, and they survived an average of 11 years.
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