Navigation Links
Breast cancer diagnosis comes late for women in gentrifying neighborhoods
Date:1/31/2008

Women who live in Chicago's gentrifying neighborhoods are more apt to receive a late diagnosis of breast cancer than women who live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have found.

The surprising finding is in a study published in the January issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

"There's been a lot of social change in American cities since 1990, but we know very little about how gentrification impacts health outcomes," said Richard Barrett, researcher at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy and lead author of the study. "We know that minority women in Cook County are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and to die from it compared with white women, but we were interested in how neighborhood change impacts breast cancer diagnosis."

Previous research indicated that places with more people of higher socioeconomic status tend to have lower rates of distant metastasis when diagnosed with breast cancer, Barrett said.

"That would lead one to assume that if an area becomes gentrified, then the proportion of breast cancer cases diagnosed with distant metastases would decline, and patients should have a better chance for survival.

"Our study showed that is not true."

The researchers analyzed Illinois State Cancer Registry data in conjunction with Cook County census tract data. The cancer data included information on age, race, ethnicity and stage at diagnosis for 21,516 breast cancer cases between 1994 and 2000 among women living in Cook County.

"Chicago is a great laboratory to study racial and ethnic disparities in health, and how your neighborhood can affect your health," said Barrett, who is an associate professor of sociology at UIC.

To measure neighborhood change between 1990 and 2000, the researchers tracked changes in owner-occupied housing values, professional and managerial employment, and adults with a college education.

The researchers found that women living in neighborhoods with concentrated disadvantage, concentrated levels of immigration, and lower levels of affluence in 1990 ran a greater risk of distant-stage diagnosis of breast cancer. Yet when some of these neighborhoods gentrified, women there ran a higher risk of distant-stage metastasis of breast cancer than did women living in similar neighborhoods that did not gentrify.

The UIC researchers suggest that women living in upward-changing neighborhoods may experience disruption of social networks, interruption in access to health care services, and stress relating to social isolation and financial problems as housing costs rise.


'/>"/>

Contact: Christopher Martin
cmartin331@comcast.net
312-996-8277
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Survival differences by race most apparent in advanced stages of breast cancer
2. MRI finds breast cancer before it becomes dangerous
3. Pathway links inflammation, angiogenesis and breast cancer
4. Drop in breast cancer incidence linked to hormone use, not mammograms
5. Breast cancer prevention practices vary across Canada
6. Eating junk food whilst pregnant and breastfeeding may lead to obese offspring
7. Acrylamide Wont Raise Breast Cancer Risk
8. New link between estrogen and breast cancer
9. Hypnosis Eases Pain of Breast Cancer Surgery
10. Discovery suggests location of genes for breast density, a strong risk factor for breast cancer
11. Longaberger Expands Horizon of Hope Campaign to Build Support for American Cancer Societys Breast Cancer Initiatives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Texas Premier Locksmith ... carried out by unethical locksmith companies and is urging Search Engines to improve ... to Texas Premier Locksmith, these fraudulent locksmith services take advantage of consumers locked ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... "ProBrand Flip ... and all media," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProBrand ... easy to use drop zones. Editors can select from a variety of flip book ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... Infertility and Wellness (IFW) Program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). McLaughlin ... has a team of three acupuncturists to help patients realize their family building ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... “Walking With God: Inspirational ... that will inspire the reader to be aware of God's direction in their lives. ... author, Sanford Smith, retired teacher and active church leader. , Sanford says, ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... annual Business Architecture Innovation Summit in Reston, VA on March 21-22, 2017. This ... share a range of experiences from a cross-section of industries such as financial ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... NORTH READING, Mass. , Dec. 7, 2016 ... Track and Trace Network for connecting the Life ... from the global marketplace, today announced that Tjoapack ... 50+ European pharmaceutical manufacturing customers comply with the ... Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in 2017 and ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 7, 2016  Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: ... announced plans to separate its Imaging Components business.  The ... distribution to Varian stockholders of common stock in Varex ... hold the Imaging Components business.  As part of the ... the end of January 2017, Varian will receive an ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 7, 2016  Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... focused on delivering scientific and medical breakthroughs using ... and Chief Executive Officer Keith Murphy ... December 14, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time ... yet familiar with the Company, an informational video ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: