Deprivation affects breast cancer diagnosis

Posted by er134 at Nov 04, 2013 09:40 AM |
Women from lower income groups 'more likely' to be diagnosed with breast cancer when disease is more advanced
Deprivation affects breast cancer diagnosis

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Women from lower income groups in England are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer when the disease is more advanced, and thus when treatment is less effective, researchers from our Department of Health Sciences have found.

The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, looked at the stages of breast cancer in over 20,000 women diagnosed between 2006-2010 using data from the National Cancer Registration Service (Public Health England). The study then calculated the number of lives that would be saved within 5 years of diagnosis if the stage at diagnosis for all lower income groups matched those of higher income groups.

The study estimates that 40 lives would be saved every year in Eastern England if these socioeconomic differences were removed, equivalent to around 450 lives saved in the whole of England every year.

Research has shown that diagnosing breast cancer at an earlier stage has a significant impact on the chances of survival.