Health researchers reveal postcode inequality in breast cancer diagnosis

Posted by pt91 at Apr 29, 2013 10:40 AM |
Women living in deprived areas can be diagnosed earlier according to University of Leicester-led study

Hundreds of women with breast cancer living in England’s most deprived areas would have better survival rates if they were diagnosed at the same stage as those who lived in affluent areas, according to a new study led by the University of Leicester.

Working with colleagues from Public Health England and the University of Cambridge, Dr Mark Rutherford, Sally Hinchliffe and Professor Paul Lambert from our Department of Health Sciences investigated how much of a difference late-stage diagnosis had on women from deprived areas.

Previous studies have shown poorer breast cancer survival for women who live in more deprived areas. This new research has shown that removing these deprivation inequalities in stage at diagnosis can substantially reduce the number of deaths in the short-term for more deprived women.

The researchers were funded by both Cancer Research UK and The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and their work will be published in the International Journal of Cancer.

  • How much of the deprivation gap in cancer survival can be explained by variation in stage at diagnosis: An example from breast cancer in the East of England in the International Journal of Cancer.