Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 633–637 | Cite as

The association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and ovarian cancer tumor characteristics

  • Caryn E. PetersonEmail author
  • Garth H. Rauscher
  • Timothy P. Johnson
  • Carolyn V. Kirschner
  • Richard E. Barrett
  • Seijeoung Kim
  • Marian L. Fitzgibbon
  • Charlotte E. Joslin
  • Faith G. Davis
Brief report



Higher pathologic grade, suboptimal debulking surgery, and late-stage are markers of more aggressive and advanced ovarian cancer. Neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) has been associated with more aggressive and advanced tumors for other cancer sites, and this may also be true for ovarian cancer.


We examined the association between neighborhood SES and ovarian cancer tumor characteristics using data on 581 women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian cancer in Cook County, Illinois. Two complementary measures (concentrated disadvantage and concentrated affluence) were used to estimate neighborhood SES. Prevalence differences and 95 % confidence intervals were estimated in logistic regression models adjusted for age and race.


Greater disadvantage was associated with higher grade tumors (p = 0.03) and suboptimal debulking (p = 0.05) and marginally associated with later tumor stage (p = 0.20). Greater affluence was inversely associated with stage at diagnosis (p = 0.004) and suboptimal debulking (p = 0.03) and (marginally) with tumor grade (p = 0.21).


Our findings suggest that lower SES, estimated by neighborhood SES, is associated with ovarian cancer tumor characteristics indicative of more advanced and aggressive disease.


Ovarian cancer Neighborhood socioeconomic status Tumor characteristics Socioeconomic disparities 



Féderation Internationàle de Gynécologie et d’Obstétrique


Prevalence difference


Confidence interval



This research was funded by the NIH-NIMHD Training Program: Center of Excellence in Elimination Disparities (P60MD003424).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caryn E. Peterson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Garth H. Rauscher
    • 1
  • Timothy P. Johnson
    • 2
  • Carolyn V. Kirschner
    • 3
    • 4
  • Richard E. Barrett
    • 5
  • Seijeoung Kim
    • 6
  • Marian L. Fitzgibbon
    • 7
  • Charlotte E. Joslin
    • 8
  • Faith G. Davis
    • 1
    • 9
  1. 1.Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MC 923), School of Public HealthUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Survey Research Lab, Public AdministrationUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Division of Gynecologic OncologyNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  5. 5.The Center for Health Behavior ResearchUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public HealthUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  7. 7.Department of Medicine and School of Public HealthUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  8. 8.Department of Ophthalmology and Visual SciencesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  9. 9.Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Public HealthUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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