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The influence of participation and regularity of participation in the breast cancer screening program on tumour characteristics

Luyke, K.K. (2014) The influence of participation and regularity of participation in the breast cancer screening program on tumour characteristics.

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Abstract:Background: To improve the prognosis for women diagnosed with breast cancer, a national screening program started in 1989. However, the effectiveness of screening is unclear. This is especially the case for the elderly women that are invited to participate in screening. Objective: To determine whether participation and regularity of participation in the screening program influences the tumour characteristics in women aged between 70 and 75 years and women aged 75 years and older, diagnosed with breast cancer between 1999 and 2012 in the northern region of the Netherlands. Method: Data from the Netherlands Cancer Registry and Bevolkingsonderzoek Noord were matched. Using Pearson’s Chi-square tests, tumour characteristics were compared between women who have participated in the screening program and who have never participated, and between women who have participated on a regular and irregular basis. For both analyses a distinction was made between women aged between 70 and 75 years and women aged older than 75 years. Conclusion: Participation in breast cancer screening by elderly women appears to influence tumour characteristics in a positive way compared to no participation. However, it does not seem to have any influence whether these women participate regularly or irregularly.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
IKNL, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:44 medicine
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65867
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