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Are there socioeconomic gradients in stage and grade of breast cancer at diagnosis? Cross sectional analysis of UK cancer registry data

Adams, J., White, M. and Forman, D. (2004) Are there socioeconomic gradients in stage and grade of breast cancer at diagnosis? Cross sectional analysis of UK cancer registry data. BMJ, 329 (7458). pp. 142-143. ISSN 0959-8138

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Abstract

Socioeconomic gradients in uptake of breast cancer screening in the United Kingdom should, intuitively, lead to socioeconomic gradients in disease progression at diagnosis. However, studies have found little evidence of such an effect. Although this could be interpreted as evidence that socioeconomic gradients in uptake of screening do not have clinically important consequences, all of the published studies have used data from before (pre-1988) or during the early stages (1988-95) of implementation of the national breast cancer screening programme. We investigated the relation between socioeconomic position and progression of breast cancer at diagnosis by using recent data from the Northern and Yorkshire Cancer Registry and Information Service (NYCRIS), which is estimated to achieve around 93% ascertainment.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Epidemiology and Health Services Research (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2004
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 13:59
Published Version: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/329/7458/142
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1136/bmj.38114.679387.AE
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/149

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