Journal article

Rural-Urban Variation in Time to Diagnosis and Treatment of Colorectal or Breast Cancer in Victoria, Australia

R Bergin, J Emery, R Bollard, A Falborg, H Jensen, D Weller, U Menon, P Vedsted, R Thomas, K Whitfield, V White

Journal of Global Oncology | American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Rural-urban disparities in cancer outcomes are found in many countries, though these vary by cancer type. In Victoria, Australia, survival is poorer for rural patients with colorectal cancer, but not breast cancer. Delayed diagnosis and treatment may contribute to disparities, but previous studies have not compared the timeliness of rural and urban pathways to treatment of these common cancers. Aim: We investigated whether time to diagnosis and treatment differed for rural and urban patients with colorectal or breast cancer in Victoria, Australia. Methods: Population-based, cross-sectional surveys examining events and dates on the pathway to treatment completed by patients aged ≥..

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