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Wealth and Ethnicity Affect Well Woman Screening Rates

-- Jane Parry

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

WEDNESDAY, June 17 (HealthDay News) -- Both wealth and ethnicity affect the likelihood of British women receiving breast and cervical cancer screenings, according to a study published online June 17 in BMJ.

Kath Moser, of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2005 to 2007 National Statistics Omnibus Survey on 3,185 women aged 40 to 74 years to find out if they had ever had a mammogram, ever had a cervical smear and, if so, when their last screening test occurred.

Among the sample, 91 percent reported having had at least one cervical smear and, amongst those aged 53 to 74 years, 93 percent reported having had at least one mammogram, the researchers found. Living in a household with a car and in an owner-occupied house were both associated with higher odds of having had a mammogram, while ethnicity was the most significant predictor of cervical screening, with white women more likely than their counterparts with other ethnicity to have had a smear test, the investigators discovered.

"The challenge for the screening programs is to make sure our services reach all parts of the population so we can reduce health inequalities," said a co-author in a statement.

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Diabetes & Endocrinology
Internal Medicine
Family Practice

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