Sociodemographic disparities in survival for adolescents and young adults with cancer differ by health insurance status

Mindy C. DeRouen, Helen M. Parsons, Erin E. Kent, Brad H. Pollock, Theresa H.M. Keegan

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate associations of sociodemographic factors—race/ethnicity, neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES), and health insurance—with survival for adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with invasive cancer. Methods: Data on 80,855 AYAs with invasive cancer diagnosed in California 2001–2011 were obtained from the California Cancer Registry. We used multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression to estimate overall survival. Results: Associations of public or no insurance with greater risk of death were observed for 11 of 12 AYA cancers examined. Compared to Whites, Blacks experienced greater risk of death, regardless of age or insurance, while greater risk of death among Hispanics and Asians was more apparent for younger AYAs and for those with private/military insurance. More pronounced neighborhood SES disparities in survival were observed among AYAs with private/military insurance, especially among younger AYAs. Conclusions: Lacking or having public insurance was consistently associated with shorter survival, while disparities according to race/ethnicity and neighborhood SES were greater among AYAs with private/military insurance. While health insurance coverage associates with survival, remaining racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities among AYAs with cancer suggest additional social factors also need consideration in intervention and policy development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-851
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Causes and Control
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the California Department of Public Health as part of the statewide cancer reporting program mandated by California Health and Safety Code Section 103885 and the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health under contract HHSN2612010000140C awarded to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (to MCD), a National Cancer Institute Career Development Award (Grant Number K07CA175063 to HMP), and a Cancer Center Support Grant-P30 from the National Institutes of Health (Grant Number CA093373 to BHP). EEK did not receive financial support for this project. The collection of cancer incidence data used in this study was supported by the California Department of Public Health as part of the statewide cancer reporting program mandated by California Health and Safety Code Section 103885; the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program under contract HHSN2612010000140C awarded to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, contract HHSN261201000035C awarded to the University of Southern California, and contract HHSN261201000034C awarded to the Public Health Institute; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Program of Cancer Registries, under agreement #1U58 DP000807-01 awarded to the Public Health Institute. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and endorsement by the State of California, Department of Health Services, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or their contractors and subcontractors is not intended nor should be inferred.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer International Publishing AG.

Keywords

  • Adolescents and young adults
  • Cancer survival
  • Insurance status
  • Neighborhood socioeconomic status
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Sociodemographic factors

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