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Kate J. Fisher, Ji-Hyun Lee, Jeanne M. Ferrante, Ellen P. McCarthy, Eduardo C. Gonzalez, Ren Chen, Kymia Love-Jackson and Richard G. Roetzheim The effects of primary care on breast cancer mortality and incidence among Medicare beneficiaries Cancer 119

Article first published online: 15 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28148

Among women who are Medicare beneficiaries, those who have 2 or more visits to a primary care physician during a 24-month interval have lower odds of breast cancer mortality, all-cause mortality, and late-stage breast cancer diagnosis compared with women who have 0 visits or 1 visit when the analysis is adjusted for other covariates, including mammography and nonprimary care physician visits. The current findings suggest that primary care physicians play an important role in reducing breast cancer mortality among this population.

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