Most of us know that there are certain risk factors associated with cancer. Smoking, on the one hand is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, while the use of tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer.
However, a new study now suggests that poverty may have something to do with certain types of cancer, too.
Now there is even more to worry about when you have money problems.
The research, led by Dr. Francisco Boscoe Cancer Registry New York State recently examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and development of certain cancers. The findings were published in the journal Cancer .
Data collection incidence of cancer of the Association of Cancer Registries Central North America, researchers identified nearly 3 million people in the United States – whose tumors were diagnosed between 2005 and 2009. Then, participants were divided into four different groups based on their level of poverty at the time of their cancer diagnosis.
poorest areas in the US related cancer
Your health may depend on where you live (and finances). After a thorough examination, researchers found that cancers linked to areas that are poorer have a lower incidence rate but higher mortality rate.
Cancers associated with richer areas have a higher incidence rate, but lower mortality rate.
The researchers found that 32 of the 39 cancers are closely associated with poverty. Fourteen were more prevalent in very poor areas, while 18 were more common in areas with low poverty. For example, cancers, such as those affecting the liver, penis, cervix and larynx were more widespread in the poorest areas. Other cancers, including certain types of skin cancer were more likely to develop in the most favored regions.
“When it comes to cancer, the poor are more likely to die of the disease, while the rich are more likely to die with the disease,” Boscoe Medical News Today said.
“We have presented our knowledge it is the most comprehensive assessment of the relationship between socioeconomic status and cancer incidence for the U.S.”
Previous studies have made the connection between socioeconomic status and development of other health problems. In 2011, for example, Medical News Today reported the research university of California at Davis, which showed that people with lower incomes are 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease during their lifetime.
Race, economy and deaths related to cancer
That same year, the American cancer Society (ACS) examined how race and cancer of influence economy. He concluded that if the mortality rates of the most educated non-Hispanic whites to everyone applied between the ages of 25 and 64 years, the number of cancer deaths in this age group could actually be reduced to by 37 percent.
And among African Americans aged 25 to 64, there were more than 12,700 cancer deaths in men and 11,850 cancer deaths in women back in 2007. By getting rid of income disparities among African Americans, both as 10,000 cancer deaths could be prevented, according to the ACS.
But these findings help to better highlight the socioeconomic status as a risk factor for cancer. So when it comes to national cancer surveillance, not only there may be more recognition of poverty in the future.
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