Understanding the participation of breast screening among women born in predominantly Muslim countries living in Victoria, Australia from record-linkage data
Tahira Yeasmeen, Margaret Kelaher, Julia ML Brotherton, Michael J Malloy
PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Early detection of breast cancer can improve survival rates and decrease mortality rates. This study investigates whether there are significant differences in participation in breast screening among women born in Muslim countries compared to women born in Non-Muslim countries and Australia. METHODS: Screening data from January 1st, 2000 to December 31st, 2013 from the Breast Screen Victoria Registry (BSV) was linked with hospital records from the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED). Countries having more than 50% of their population as Muslim were categorised as Muslim countries. Age adjusted rates were calculated for women born in Muslim and Non-Muslim countries and compa..View full abstract
JL and MM received grants for this project from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Mk was not funded for this study. TY was funded by the University of Melbourne International student scholarship. Grant numbers are not available. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.This project was supported by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. We acknowledge the role of the Victorian Data Linkage Unit in this study. We acknowledge the contribution of the chief investigators of the main data linkage study including Louise Galloway, Dorota Gertig, Genevieve Chappell and Vicki Pridmore. We acknowledge the contribution of BSV and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service for sharing their dataset and insight with us in this project.