The varying influence of socioeconomic deprivation on breast cancer screening uptake in London

Ruth Jack*, Tony Robson, Elizabeth Davies

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Background We assessed the relationship between screening uptake and socioeconomic deprivation for London women aged 50-52 invited to their first routine screening appointment between 2006 and 2009. Methods We examined uptake for London overall and within six screening areas, using deprivation quintile, based on post code of residence. Results After adjustment for age, area and ethnicity, overall uptake decreased with increasing deprivation (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 0.95, P, 0.001). However, in two screening areas with lower uptake, women living in deprived areas had higher uptake than women from affluent areas. Conclusions These potential inequalities in early diagnosis across London require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the London Quality Assurance Centre and the former Thames Cancer Registry in King's College London. The work was carried out by the Thames Cancer Registry which received funding from the Department of Health. The views expressed in the publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. The study was completed with the support of the London Knowledge and Intelligence Team, Public Health England.


  • Breast cancer
  • Screening
  • Socioeconomic deprivation


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