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Childhood poverty is linked to adult cancer risk, says report

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 19 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2808
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

More evidence of a link between children’s surroundings and their risk of developing cancer later in life is shown in a new report published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.1

The rapid review, based on 22 studies, found that children who were brought up in the poorest households had a greater risk of developing stomach cancer and lung cancer in later life. It also found some evidence of an increased risk of colorectal, liver, cervical, and pancreatic cancers in people with a lower socioeconomic position in …

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