Poorest socioeconomic groups still have highest rates of cancer

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 30 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3613
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

New cancer figures for England are a stark reminder of the “magnitude” of socioeconomic inequalities, researchers have said. An analysis showed that the poorer people were, the more likely they were to get and to die from cancer, and it said that the gap in the number of cases between the most and least deprived groups had barely narrowed over the past 15 years.

A report by Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network and Cancer Research UK, published on Thursday 29 May,1 showed that around 19 200 “excess” cancer deaths a year were linked to lower levels of income in 2007-11. “Excess” refers here to the number of deaths that could have been prevented each year if all socioeconomic groups had had the rates of …

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