Navigation Links
Lack of insurance linked to advanced stage cervical cancer
Date:7/19/2012

ATLANTA July 19, 2012A large national sample of women diagnosed with cervical cancer between 2000 and 2007 finds lack of insurance was second only to age as the strongest predictor of late stage at diagnosis, a gap the authors say is likely attributable to lack of screening.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 12,170 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,220 women will die from the disease in 2012. Although incidence and mortality from cervical cancer have declined dramatically since the introduction of the Pap test, one in three cervical cancer patients is diagnosed only after the cancer has spread to nearby organs and one in ten is diagnosed only after the disease has spread to distant organs (35% and 11% respectively). Prognosis is strongly related to stage: the 5-year relative survival rate is 91.2% for patients with localized disease, but only 57.8% for patients with regional disease and 17.0% for those with distant disease.

Socioeconomic status, race, marital status, and geographic location have all been identified as factors related to late stage at diagnosis among cervical cancer patients. Previous studies also documented age as a significant predictor of advanced stage, although the effects of age and also of insurance status, which are two of the strongest predictors of cervical cancer screening, had not been studied together prior to the current study.

For the current study, which appears early online in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers led by Stacey Fedewa, MPH reviewed the association between late stage (stage III/IV) cervical cancer and both insurance and age, with adjustment for race/ethnicity and other sociodemographic and clinical factors on 69,739 women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer between 2000 and 2007 from the National Cancer Database.

More than half (55.5%) of privately insured cervical cancer patients in the observed population were at stage I at diagnosis, compared to 40.2% of Medicaid recipients, and 36.4% of uninsured patients. Meanwhile, 24.03% of privately insured women, 34.51% of those with Medicaid, and 35.22% of those without insurance were diagnosed with advanced disease, described as stages III and IV. Advanced stage also increased with age; the adjusted relative risk among women ≥35 years of age was 1.25 to 2.5 that of women 21-34 years.

"Late stage at diagnosis is likely attributable to underscreening," write the authors. They conclude: "Advanced-stage disease leads not only to poorer quality of life and greater morbidity, but often to higher treatment costs as well. Screening should be made accessible and affordable for all women for whom it is recommended, especially for those at higher risk of advanced-stage disease, such as middle-aged women, Medicaid recipients, and uninsured women."


'/>"/>

Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Cervical Cancer Spotted Later in Women Without Health Insurance
2. New study: Elderly Medicare beneficiaries most satisfied with their health insurance
3. InsuranceCalculator.net Now Provides Competitive Car Insurance Quotes To Kansas Drivers
4. InsuranceCalculator.net Now Provides Competitive Car Insurance Quotes To Arkansas Drivers
5. Games improve employee health and well-being, may reduce health insurance premiums for employers
6. IntelliQuote Works to Educate Consumers about the Importance of Life Insurance Protection and to Make Coverage More Readily Available
7. MyTownInsurance.com Reveals How Project CAP and Insurance Agoragate will Take Away Market Share from the Captive Insurance Carriers and give it back to the Independents
8. InsuranceCalculator.net Now Provides Competitive Car Insurance Quotes To Kentucky Drivers
9. InsuranceCalculator.net Now Provides Competitive Car Insurance Quotes To Louisiana Drivers
10. InsuranceCalculator.net Now Provides Competitive Car Insurance Quotes To South Carolina Drivers
11. How MyTownInsurance.com Helps Insurance Carriers Manage their Loss Exposure through On-Line Marketing
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Coppin Insurance Agency, an insurance and financial planning firm ... Cape Coral area, is embarking on a charity drive with the goal of providing ... Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida works to provide fresh and nutritious food ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... DrugDev again demonstrated its dedication ... one of the early adopters completing EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from the U.S. Department ... on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... drug in their bodies, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at ... , The study found that when young children are exposed to secondhand marijuana ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... EnghouseSystems ... purchase price of approximately $17.4 million (net of the cash acquired), subject ... $13.2 million. Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Presence is a leading provider of ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A quote from Dr. Edward Hallowell, host of CRN International’s ... offer a rare glimpse into the mind of those people with ADHD. , Dr. ... author, has described people with ADHD as having “Ferrari engines for a brain, with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)... , Dec. 7, 2016  Northwest Biotherapeutics (Nasdaq: ... "Company"), a biotechnology company developing DCVax® personalized immune ... the Nasdaq Staff has not accepted the Company,s ... Rules previously reported, and the Company has notified ... Company,s common stock from listing on Nasdaq.  Upon ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... --  Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ... the ralinepag phase 2 trial.  Ralinepag is an oral, ... the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The study ... "This marks an important step in the development of ... our pipeline," said Amit Munshi , Arena,s President ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Kan. , Dec. 7, 2016   Rx Savings ... West Virginia and its Public Employees Insurance Agency ... members access to their innovative healthcare software, ultimately saving money ... with PEIA and provide its members with access to our ... or a more effective, affordable therapy can be found," says ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: