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Health Care Disparities and Cervical Cancer

Bradley, Cathy J. and Given, Charles W. and Roberts, Caralee (2004) Health Care Disparities and Cervical Cancer. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (12). pp. 2098-2103. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

Objectives. We compared cervical cancer incidence, stage at diagnosis, and survival in Medicaid-insured and non–Medicaid-insured populations. Methods. We stratified the sample by age and used ordered logistic regression to predict stage at diagnosis and used Cox proportional hazards regression to predict survival. Results. Medicaid insured nearly one quarter of women diagnosed with cervical cancer. The likelihood of late-stage disease was greatest for women who enrolled in Medicaid after diagnosis. Women younger than 65 years who enrolled in Medicaid after diagnosis were more likely to die from cervical cancer than were women who were not insured by Medicaid (hazard ratio=2.40, 95% confidence interval=1.49, 3.86). Conclusions. Our study underscores the importance of cervical cancer screening programs targeted at low-income women.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: low-income women, health care disparities, cervical cancer, disparities
Subjects: Health
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Research
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:07
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1032

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