The role of area-level influences on prostate cancer grade and stage at diagnosis.

  title={The role of area-level influences on prostate cancer grade and stage at diagnosis.},
  author={Ann C Klassen and Frank C. Curriero and Jean Hee Hong and Chyvette Williams and Martin Kulldorff and H. Mei\ssner and Anthony J. Alberg and Margaret Ensminger},
  journal={Preventive medicine},
  volume={39 3},
BACKGROUND This research explores area-level social influences on prostate cancer, to test whether area-level influences explain disparities in U.S. prostate cancer burden. METHODS The authors geocoded 23,993 1992-1997 Maryland prostate cancer cases, and linked cases to 1990 census data. The authors examined the effect of 17 area-level social variables, measured at block group, tract, and county, modeling individual and multilevel predictors of later stage and higher tumor grade. RESULTS… CONTINUE READING
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