What is the effect of socioeconomic class on breast cancer risk?

Updated: Dec 16, 2019
  • Author: Jessica Katz, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: Marie Catherine Lee, MD, FACS  more...
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The incidence of breast cancer is increased in individuals in higher socioeconomic classes. However, breast cancer survival rates are lower in women from lower socioeconomic classes. This underscores the benefits of mammography in early detection, which likely contributes to the better outcomes seen in people with the means to diligently follow cancer screening recommendations.


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