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Socio-economic deprivation and stage of disease at presentation in women with breast cancer

MacLeod, U., Ross, S., Gillis, C., McConnachie, A., Twelves, C., and Watt, G.C.M. (2000) Socio-economic deprivation and stage of disease at presentation in women with breast cancer. Annals of Oncology, 11 (1). pp. 105-107. ISSN 0923-7534

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Abstract

Background: This study describes and compares the pathological prognostic factors and surgeon assessment of stage of breast cancer of women living in affluent and deprived areas to assess whether clinical stage at presentation may explain the known poorer survival outcomes for deprived women.

Patients and methods:A population-based review of the case records of 417 women with breast cancer was carried out.

Results: No difference in pathological criteria was found between the 88% of women living in affluent and deprived areas for whom such data were available. Clinical assessment of the remaining 50 cases showed that women living in deprived areas were more likely to present with locally advanced or metastatic disease.

Conclusion: The poorer survival of women from deprived areas with breast cancer may be explained by more deprived women presenting with advanced cancers.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McConnachie, Dr Alex and MacLeod, Dr Una
Authors: MacLeod, U., Ross, S., Gillis, C., McConnachie, A., Twelves, C., and Watt, G.C.M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Annals of Oncology
ISSN:0923-7534
ISSN (Online):1569-8041

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