Journal article

Increasing rates of surgical treatment and preventing comorbidities may increase breast cancer survival for Aboriginal women

Rajah Supramaniam, Alison Gibberd, Anthony Dillon, David Eamon Goldsbury, Dianne L O'Connell

BMC CANCER | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Lower breast cancer survival has been reported for Australian Aboriginal women compared to non-Aboriginal women, however the reasons for this disparity have not been fully explored. We compared the surgical treatment and survival of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women diagnosed with breast cancer in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. METHODS: We analysed NSW cancer registry records of breast cancers diagnosed in 2001-2007, linked to hospital inpatient episodes and deaths. We used unconditional logistic regression to compare the odds of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women receiving surgical treatment. Breast cancer-specific survival was examined using cumulative mortality curves an..

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