The Elevated Breast Cancer Mortality in the Northeastern U.S. is Secondary to Poorer Survival Rather than Increased Incidence..
Annual rept. 1 Aug 97-31 Jul 98
TEXAS UNIV AT GALVESTON
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The study examines the relative contributions of incidence, treatment and survival to the elevated mortality from breast cancer in older women in the northeast region of the U.S. Algorithms to determine incident breast cancer, treatment, stage and date of diagnosis are being evaluated and refined using the SEER-Medicare linked data base. Applying these algorithms to the Medicare data in 1991, we will identify a cohort of all women aged 70 years and older newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Incidence rates for 1991 as well as one, three and five year survival for these women will then be calculated for each state and region over the 1991-1996 interval.
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