Effect of insurance status on stage of breast cancer diagnosis

Naaila Asad Sami, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Objective: The purpose of this study is to compare the stages of breast cancer presented between the insured and uninsured patients diagnosed at The Rose, an active non-profit breast healthcare organization to determine if uninsured patients present with more advanced stage breast cancer as compared to their insured counterparts. Study Design: Retrospective cross-sectional study. Methods: The study included 1,265 patients who received breast healthcare services and were diagnosed with breast cancer at The Rose between FY 2007 and FY 2012. 738 of the patients in the study were presumably uninsured since their breast healthcare services were sponsored through various funding sources and they were navigated into treatment through The Rose patient navigation program. We compared breast cancer stages for women who had insurance with those who did not have insurance. The effects of age and race/ethnicity along with the insurance status on the stage of reast cancer diagnosis were also analyzed. We calculated the odds ratio using the contingency tables; and estimated odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) using ordinal logistic regression by applying multiple imputation method for missing tumor stage data. Results: The ordered logistic regression analysis with ordered tumor stage as dependent variable and uninsured as independent variable gave us an odds ratio of 1.73 (OR=1.73; p-value<0.05; 95% CI: 1.36 - 2.12). Conclusions: Insurance status is a strong predictor of stage of breast cancer diagnosed among women seen at The Rose. Uninsured women seen at The Rose are almost twice as likely to present at a advanced stage of breast cancer as opposed to their insured counterparts.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Sami, Naaila Asad, "Effect of insurance status on stage of breast cancer diagnosis" (2013). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1544295.