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Danish study links cancer survival to income and education

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1340 (Published 20 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1340
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    People with more education or a higher income are likely to live longer after a diagnosis of cancer than those who are less well educated or poorer, suggests a large investigation into cancer and social inequality.

    More than 50 researchers, whose 21 papers will appear in a special issue of the European Journal of Cancer, looked at incidence and survival from different types of cancer among 3.2 million people in Denmark.

    Their summary paper states that around six out of 10 men (62%) with a basic education, defined as 7-12 years of primary and secondary …

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