We’re sure this is no surprise to most of you, but a study confirms it… uninsured women are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer:
Lack of health insurance is a major predictor of whether women will be diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer, a new study suggests.
The analysis of data from nearly 70,000 U.S. women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer between 2000 and 2007 found that lack of insurance was second only to age as the strongest predictor of late-stage (stages 3 and 4) cancer at diagnosis.
The researchers found that 55 percent of privately insured patients had stage 1 cancer at diagnosis, compared with 40 percent of Medicaid recipients and 36 percent of uninsured patients.
In contrast, late-stage cancer was diagnosed in 24 percent of those with private insurance, 34 percent of those with Medicaid and 35 percent of those without insurance.
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