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Women from deprived areas do not receive worse treatment for breast cancer

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:f

Women from deprived areas are known to have poorer survival from breast cancer than women from more affluent areas, but the reason is unclear. Macleod et al (p 1442) investigated the care received by women with breast cancer living in affluent and deprived areas of Glasgow and found no difference in access to secondary care or in surgical and non-surgical management of breast cancer. However, women from poorer areas were more likely to be admitted to hospital for conditions unrelated to breast cancer and consulted their general practitioner more frequently after initial treatment. Their poorer outcome is probably related to their increased comorbidity.