Prostate Cancer Screening Rates

New York Finger Lakes Region and Western New York

Screening rates for prostate cancer are generally lower than screening for other types of cancer. And there are significant differences across populations. Screening rates are significantly higher among higher income men. Men covered by Medicaid are half as likely to be screened as those with private insurance, and the uninsured are even less likely. Latinos are also significantly less likely to be screened than white men. (Sample size was too small to assess the screening rate for black men.)


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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