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Outside the Lab Cancer, Public health

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

As many as a third of US patients with breast cancer could be avoiding treatments recommended by their doctors, because of a mistrust in healthcare institutions, according to a recent study (1).

A survey of 2,754 women from Florida and Pennsylvania followed over two years found that 30.2 percent reported either not beginning, or not continuing with, at least one recommended adjuvant therapy following breast cancer surgery. Lead author Lorraine Dean was not entirely shocked, noting in a press release (2): “While it is surprising in general that nearly one-third of patients are not following up with recommended adjuvant treatment, some earlier, more localized studies have reported even higher discordance rates, and it’s possible that our own figures would have been higher if we had followed patients for more than two years.”

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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