Race, nutritional status, and survival from breast cancer

Ralph J. Coates, W. Scott Clark, J. William Eley, Raymond S. Greenberg, Charles M. Huguly, Robert L. Brown

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

120 Scopus citations


The effects of nutritional status on differences in the survival of black and white women with brest cancer were studied in a cohort of 1, 960 Georgia women diagnosed during 1975-1979. After data were adjusted for stage of disease, socioeconomic status, and other prognostic factors, poorer survival rates were shown in black women. Within each stage classification, lower levels of serum albumin and hemoglobin and higher relative body weight were more common among blacks and were independently associated with poorer survival. Among women with stage 3 disease, adjustment for these variables substantially reduced the excess mortality rate among blacks, suggesting that racial differences in survival may be partly explained by differences in nutritional status or extent of disease within stage. [J Natl Cancer Inst 82:1684-1692, 1990].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1684-1692
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 7 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


Dive into the research topics of 'Race, nutritional status, and survival from breast cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this