African American Women with Cancer Less Likely to Utilize Fertility Preserving Egg Freezing


African American Women with Cancer Less Likely to Utilize Fertility Preserving Egg Freezing

Philadelphia, PA – Researchers from New York University presented research today at the 75th Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine showing that African-American and Hispanic women with cancer were less likely to utilize fertility preserving treatments than white women.

The researchers reviewed records from 107 patients who completed medical fertility preservation treatments in New York City. They found that 51% were white, 3% were African-American, 13% Asian and 3% Hispanic (the remainder did not report race). They found no significant differences between the groups regarding type or location of their cancers. When the researchers compared these numbers to census data, they found a statistically significant difference between the expected and observed racial distribution. There were more white patients and fewer African American and Hispanic patients then would have been predicted based upon the census data. There was also a difference discovered in the kind of treatments utilized, with white patients over-represented in egg freezing cycles and non-white patients over-represented with embryo banking.

“This is one of those studies that asks as many questions as it answers. We need to see if these kinds of racial differences occur in other settings, and if so, we need to find out why,” said Catherine Racowsky Ph.D., President-Elect of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

P-82 P Voigt et al “Equal Opportunity for All? An Analysis of Race and Ethnicity in Fertility Preservation in a Major American City” 

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