Determinants of cancer stage. A population‐based study of elderly new mexicans

Jonathan M. Samet, William C. Hunt, James S. Goodwin

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To assess the role of delay and other factors in determining stage of cancer at diagnosis, the authors interviewed a population‐based sample of 800 elderly persons with newly diagnosed cancer at selected sites. Lengthening delay interval was associated with a declining proportion of local stage cases for breast cancer but not other sites. Of the other determinants of stage examined, older age, having a family physician, receiving medical checkups, having greater knowledge of cancer, and having no functional loss were most strongly predictive of local stage. For breast cancer, performance of breast self‐examination also predicted local stage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1302-1307
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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