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      Racial disparities in the utilization of preventive health services among older women with early‐stage endometrial cancer enrolled in Medicare

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          To assess differences in the receipt of preventive health services by race/ethnicity among older women with endometrial cancer enrolled in Medicare, we conducted a retrospective population‐based cohort study of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer from 2001 to 2011 in the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results ( SEER)‐Medicare database. Women with stage I or II endometrial cancer of epithelial origin were included. The exposure was race/ethnicity (Non‐Hispanic [ NH] White, NH Black, Hispanic, and NH Asian/Pacific Islander [ PI]). The services examined were receipt of influenza vaccination and screening tests for diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and breast cancer. We used multivariate logistic regression to estimate odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals ( CI) adjusted for age, region, and year of diagnosis. A total of 13,054 women were included. In the 2 years after diagnosis, receipt of any influenza vaccine ranged from 45% among NH Black women to 67% among NH White women; receipt of a mammogram ranged from 65% among NH Black women to 74% among NH White women. Relative to NH White women, NH Black women had a lower likelihood of receiving both influenza vaccination (adjusted odds ratio [ aOR] 0.40, 95% CI 0.33–0.44) and screening mammography ( aOR 0.64, 95% CI 0.52–0.79). Hispanic women also were less likely to receive influenza vaccination than NH White women ( aOR 0.61, 95% CI 0.51–0.72). There were no significant differences across racial groups for diabetes or cholesterol screening services. Among older women with early‐stage endometrial cancer, racial disparities exist in the utilization of some preventive services.

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                [ 1 ] Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Washington Seattle Washington
                [ 2 ] Division of Gynecologic Oncology University of Washington Seattle Washington
                [ 3 ] Department of Epidemiology University of Washington School of Public Health Seattle Washington
                Author notes
                [* ] Correspondence

                Jovana Y. Martin, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Campus Box 356460, Seattle, WA 98195‐6460. Tel: 206‐616‐2909; Fax: 206‐616‐9479; E‐mail: jymartin@

                Cancer Med
                Cancer Med
                Cancer Medicine
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                04 August 2017
                September 2017
                : 6
                : 9 ( doiID: 10.1002/cam4.2017.6.issue-9 )
                : 2153-2163
                © 2017 The Authors. Cancer Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

                Figures: 9, Tables: 3, Pages: 11, Words: 8360
                Funded by: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
                Award ID: # T76MC0001
                Funded by: Health Resources and Services Administration
                Funded by: Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Institutional Research Training
                Award ID: (T‐32) #CA 9515‐31
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                Cancer Prevention
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