Effect of neighborhood and individual-level socioeconomic factors on breast cancer screening adherence in a multi-ethnic study

Gillian Kasper, Mahsa Momen, Kristen A. Sorice, Kiara N. Mayhand, Elizabeth A. Handorf, Evelyn T. Gonzalez, Amie Devlin, Kirsten Brownstein, Nestor Esnaola, Susan G. Fisher, Shannon M. Lynch

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Background: Although mammography can significantly reduce breast cancer mortality, many women do not receive their annual breast cancer screening. Differences in screening adherence exist by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), and insurance status. However, more detailed investigations into the impact of neighborhood disadvantage and access to resources on screening adherence are lacking. Methods: We comprehensively examined the effect of individual social, economic, and demographic factors (n = 34 variables), as well as neighborhood level SES (nSES) indicators (n = 10 variables) on breast cancer screening adherence across a multi-ethnic population (n = 472). In this cross-sectional study, participants were surveyed from 2017 to 2018. The data was analyzed using univariate regression and LASSO for variable reduction. Significant predictors were carried forward into final multivariable mixed-effect logistic regression models where odds ratios (OR), 95% confidence intervals and p-values were reported. Results: Nineteen percent of participants were non-adherent to breast screening guidelines. Race/ethnicity was not associated with adherence; however, increasing age (OR = 0.97, 95%CI = 0.95–0.99, p = 0.01), renting a home (OR = 0.53, 95%CI = 0.30–0.94, p = 0.04), food insecurity (OR 0.46, 95%CI = 0.22–0.94, p = 0.01), and overcrowding (OR = 0.58, 95% CI = 0.32–0.94, p = 0.01) were significantly associated with lower breast cancer screening adherence. Conclusion: Socioeconomic indicators at the individual and neighborhood levels impact low breast cancer screening adherence and may help to inform future screening interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
Pages (from-to)63
JournalBmc Public Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2 2024


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Health disparities
  • Neighborhood
  • Social determinants of health
  • Breast Neoplasms/diagnosis
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Social Class


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