BREAST CANCER MORTALITY AMONG WOMEN IN TURKEY: SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEVELS OF SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEVELS OF CITIES

Abstract

Author(s): Semra GUNAY AKTAS

Impact of location on diseases has beenone of the subjects of medical sciences for a very long time. Mortality and morbidity rates have been studied and analyzed through different perspectives but, spatial and temporal aspects of these studies remains inadeqaute. Cancer is a type of disease family which does not have a single causeand is currently not treatable. Studies which include locational perspective, give useful information on factors that may influence the occurance of cancer disease. There are various studies that demonstrate there lationship between this occurance and other factors including genetic predisposition, race, ethnic and socioeconomic structure. This study investigates distribution of deaths due to breast cancer according to age groups and provinces between 1998-2006 and its distribution of change between the years 2004-2006 with 1998-2000 and whethers patial distribution of socioeconomic status are related to female breast cancer mortality rates in Turkey. In order to do a comparison of the data age adjusting was made. In this study, it is found that mortality rate due to breast cancer is high in the Northwest and west of Turkey; towards South east and east mortality rate is getting low. Generally mortality rates are rising in the big cities and cities in the northwest, west and north of country. In addition, it is found that socioeconomic status of the cities explains 44% of breast cancer mortality rate in women.

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