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Thesis

Women of Lower Socioeconomic Status Linked to Higher Stages of Breast Cancer at Time of Diagnosis Compared to Women of Higher Socioeconomic Status

8 August 2020

Abstract

Background: Breast cancer continues to be a large threat for women across the globe. Based on data from the National cancer Institute breast cancer stage of diagnosis plays a key role in overall survival. Furthermore, socioeconomic status has a relationship to breast cancer stage of diagnosis. The studies in this review demonstrate that women of lower socioeconomic status are associated with higher stages of breast cancer at time of diagnosis in comparison to women of a higher socioeconomic status.

Methods: Exhaustive search of available medical literature was performed using MEDLINE-PubMed, Google Scholar, CINAHAL. Keywords included: “breast cancer,” “women with breast cancer,” and “socioeconomic status.” Quality of studies were assessed using a Risk of Bias assessment.

Results: TheAn initial literature search using PubMed, CINHAL, and Google scholar yielded 45 articles for review. Further screening was conducted using an eligibility criterion, resulting in a total of 2 articles that met criteria. The articles included 2 cCohort observational studies published in 2015 and 1989.

Conclusion: Women of lower socioeconomic status are associated with higher stages of breast cancer at time of diagnosis.

Keywords: Wwomen with breast cancer, and socioeconomic status

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