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A Census-Mortality Study conducted in New Zealand has revealed that wealthy people were less likely to die from cancer and the disparity between the rich and the poor was growing. Furthermore, people with higher education were also less at risk of cancer death. The biggest disparity occurred in death from lung cancer in wealthy educated women compared to poor uneducated women. The poorer, uneducated women were twice as likely to die from lung cancer. The disparity was considerably less for deaths from colorectal and breast cancer. Maori people also faced a greater risk of dieing from cancer thus ethnicity also plays a role. More research needs to be done to find what causes the differences in risks and then the situation can be addressed.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Stuff
About: Ethnicity, socio-economic status and education all affect the risk of death from cancer
Date: 19 November 2004
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