Breast Cancer: Years of Potential Life Lost Rates by Socioeconomic Status, Female

New York Finger Lakes Region

Over the past 15 years the socioeconomic disparity in premature mortality from breast cancer has been significantly reduced. Unlike many other causes of death, the socioeconomic disparity is much smaller than the racial/ethnic disparity faced by African-Americans in particular.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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