Regarding fertility services, some women more equal than others

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Researchers from the University of San Francisco have published the results of a survey in the journal Cancer that indicates that when it comes to getting fertility counseling among women with cancer, not all patients are treated equally.

The researchers sent out a survey to 2,500 women who had received a cancer diagnosis between 1993 and 2007. It asked them whether counseling regarding the risk of cancer treatment to their fertility had been offered to them prior to treatment, and whether they pursued such preservation services.

They heard back from 1,041 women, also taking note of several sociodemographic characteristics such as income, ethnicity, education, and age at diagnosis, among others. Their findings:

- Women with college degrees were more likely to receive fertility counseling
- Women who earn more than $30,000 annually were more likely to receive fertility counseling than women who reported lower incomes.
- Women over age 35 were less likely to receive fertility counseling than women between 18 and 25.

The only bright spot was that counseling and preservation services have increased over time.

Source: MedPageToday

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