Medline: 8734826

Cancer Causes and Control 7(3): 328-336, 1996.

Differences between black and white patients with cancer of the uterine corpus in interval from symptom recognition to initial medical consultation (United States).

Coates RJ, Click LA, Harlan LC, et al.

Abstract:

To determine whether Black women with symptoms of uterine corpus cancer had longer times from symptom recognition to initial medical consultation than did White women in the United States, 331 newly diagnosed patients living in Atlanta (GA), New Orleans (LA), and San Francisco/Oakland (CA) during 1985-87 were interviewed to collect information on symptoms, dates of recognition and consultation, and other factors that might affect the interval. Data were analyzed to estimate medical consultation rates and rate ratios following symptom recognition. Median recalled times between symptom recognition and consultation were 16 days for Black women and 14 days for White women. Although poverty, having no usual source of healthcare, and other factors were associated with lower consultation rates, the adjusted rate among Black women was only somewhat lower (0.87) than among White women, and the 95 percent confidence interval (CI = 0.58-1.31) was consistent with no true difference between the races. In addition, the median time to consultation for women with stage IV cancer was only 15 days longer than the time (14 days) for the women with stage I cancer. These results suggest that time from symptom recognition to initial medical consultation does not contribute importantly to the more advanced stage cancer of the uterine corpus commonly found among Black women.


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