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Besides being painful, cancer treatment is very expensive. A new study looking at the survival and stages of cancer has found that people living in poor neighborhoods have a greater risk of dying from cancer than people with higher socioeconomic status.
"These patients are generally diagnosed later than others, and were less likely to get state-of-the-art cancer care,” said Tim Byers, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and deputy director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. “Being poor increases your chance of dying from cancer."
(Source: University of Colorado Denver)
- Every year more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer around the world.
- Cancer is the second most common cause of death, after accidents, among children in developed countries.
- 80% of children with cancer are in resource-constrained countries where access to information, early detection and effective treatment and care is often poor.
- More than one in two of these children diagnosed with cancer will die due to lack of resources.