Breast cancer survival rates among seventh-day adventists and non-seventh-day adventists

Terrell W. Zollinger, Roland L. Phillips, Jan W. Kuzma

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    Survival rates were compared among 282 Seventh-day Adventists and 1675 other white female cancer cases following diagnosis during the 30-year period, 1946 to 1976, at two California hospitals owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Adventist women had a more favorable 5-year relative survival pattern than the other women (69.7% vs. 62.9%) as well as a higher probability of not dying of breast cancer. The differences, however, were no longer significant when stage at diagnosis was taken into account. it seems likely that the lower breast cancer death rates reported among Seventh-day Adventlst women as compared with the general population result in part from better survival patterns due to earlier diagnosis and treatment.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)503-509
    Number of pages7
    JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Apr 1984


    • Breast neoplasms
    • Death rate
    • Religion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geriatrics and Gerontology
    • Epidemiology

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