Disparities; female breast cancer; Mortality-to-Incidence Ratio; MIR; Race.


Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Women's Health


Purpose: To measure Mortality-to-Incidence Ratios (MIRs) on Senatorial Districts Grouped to County Boundaries (SDGCs) to explore the female breast cancer (FBC) racial and age disparities in Missouri.

Methods: The MIRs and their 95% CI by age and race were calculated for the 20 SDGCs for the period from 2008-2012.

Results: For the 65+ years old FBC cases, the MIRs for whole Missouri and the 20 SDGCs were typically twice the MIR for thewhites.

Conclusions: FBC MIRs can be used as a measure of cancer inequalities in Missouri. These measures might be informative for policy makers to assess the existing policies and enforce effective interventions to tackle FBC disparities.

Key Words: Disparities, female breast cancer, Mortality-to-Incidence Ratio, MIR, Race.