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US women without health insurance are more likely to have late stage cervical cancer

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5011 (Published 23 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5011
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Milan

Lack of health insurance has been strongly linked to the risk of late stage cervical cancer among US women in a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.1 The researchers say that the heightened risk is almost certainly due to uninsured women not being screened for the disease, which is associated with low mortality if detected early.

Their sample of 70 000 women from the US national cancer database who were given a diagnosis of cervical cancer between 2000 and 2007 found that lack of insurance was second only to age as a risk factor for a late stage (stages III and IV) cancer at diagnosis.

The American Cancer …

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