Primary malignant brain tumor incidence and Medicaid enrollment

Paula R. Sherwood, M. Stommel, D. L. Murman, C. W. Given, B. A. Given

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Background: The relationship between socioeconomic status and health care disparities in the incidence of brain tumors is unclear. Objective: To identify the associations between age, sex, and Medicaid enrollment and the incidence of primary malignant brain tumors in Michigan in 1996 and 1997. Methods: Records were obtained from the Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program on the 1,006 incident cases during this period and cross-checked with Medicaid enrollment files. Results: Persons enrolled in Medicaid were more likely than non-enrolled persons to develop a malignant brain tumor of any type, a glioblastoma multiforme, and an astrocytoma for certain subgroups. In addition, incidence rates for malignant brain tumors in persons enrolled in Medicaid peaked at a younger age. Conclusion: Sociodemographic status may be associated with cerebral malignancy and should be considered when targeting treatment and educational interventions at persons at risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1788-1793
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 25 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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