The aim of this pilot study was to identify social determinants of health (SDH) that affect disparities in cancer survival. A limited dataset was generated by querying electronic medical records (EHR) from an academic medical center in New York City between January 2003 and November 2020. Socio-demographic characteristics that affected survival in 22,096 cancer patients were analyzed using descriptive statistics and logistic regression analyses. Two subsets of adult patients were identified: patients who were deceased less than 1 year after diagnosis and patients who survived over 5 years after diagnosis. Percentage of individuals with short survival in Blacks and Whites was respectively 41.4% and 22.2% for lung cancer, 9.8% and 7.1% for colorectal cancer, 2.9% and 0.7% for breast cancer, 6.8% and 4.0% for multiple myeloma, and 1.4% and 0.8% for prostate cancer. Logistic regression identified SDH factors increasing likelihood of shorter survival that included older age, and being male, Black or Hispanic. We concluded that further analysis of a broader spectrum of SDH factors is warranted.
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