Several explanations for these findings have been proposed, including lower socioeconomic status, lower level of education, and less access to screening and treatment services. Population-based studies demonstrate that, compared with other groups, Medicaid recipients and uninsured patients of all races have later-stage breast cancer diagnosis, and survival from the time of diagnosis is shorter. This difference is associated with socioeconomic status and may reflect lack of participation in screening activities.[6,7] Black women older than 65 years are less likely to undergo mammogram screening. Among regular users of mammography, however, cancer was diagnosed in black and white women at similar stages.
Similar studies of Hispanic populations have been done. Breast cancer stage at diagnosis in San Diego County, California, was more advanced for Hispanic than for white women, especially for those younger than 50 years. Low-income whites were more likely to have late-stage diagnosis than high-income whites. Among Hispanic women, there was no difference according to income, but all the Hispanic groups were at or below the lowest white income level. In New Mexico, a population-based case-control study examined reproductive histories of 719 Hispanic and 836 white breast cancer patients, with half of each group having breast cancer. The Hispanic women had higher body mass index, higher parity, and earlier pregnancies. Whereas reproductive factors such as age at first full-term birth, parity, and duration of lactation accounted for some of the ethnic differences in postmenopausal women, there was no evidence that these factors played a role in the differences in premenopausal patients. A study of mammography screening in a health maintenance organization in Albuquerque found that Hispanic women had consistently lower rates of screening than whites (50.6% vs. 65.5% in 1989, and 62.7% vs. 71.6% in 1996). Predictors of more advanced stage at diagnosis included Hispanic race (odds ratio, 2.12) and younger age.
Approximately 1% of all breast cancers occur in males. Most cases are diagnosed during the evaluation of palpable lesions and treatment consists of surgery, radiation, and systemic adjuvant hormone therapy or chemotherapy. There are no data on the benefits or risks of screening.
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