Breast cancer size and stage in Hispanic American women, by birthplace: 1992-1995

Am J Public Health. 2001 Jan;91(1):122-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.1.122.


Objectives: This study examined whether Hispanic women with breast cancer have tumor characteristics associated with delayed detection and whether these characteristics vary by birthplace.

Methods: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program data were used in examining breast cancer size and stage by racial/ethnic group and birthplace.

Results: Hispanic women with breast cancer had a higher percentage of tumors larger than 1 cm (77.7%) than--non-Hispanic Whites (70.3%), as well as a higher percentage of tumors larger than 2 cm (45.9% vs 33.0%). Furthermore, in comparison with Hispanic women born in the United States, Hispanic American women born in Latin America had higher percentages of tumors larger than 1 cm (82.2% vs 75.2%) and larger than 2 cm (54.1% vs 41.7%).

Conclusions: These findings suggest that Hispanic women with breast cancer, especially first-generation Hispanic Americans, have a relative delay in the timeliness of their cancer diagnosis. First-generation Hispanic American women should be targeted in interventions designed to increase the use of breast cancer screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Latin America / ethnology
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Odds Ratio
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • SEER Program
  • United States / epidemiology