Rate of Cancer Diagnoses Higher Among More Affluent Communities

Source: Specialty Pharmacy Times, June 2017

High-income US counties have a higher incidence of cancer compared with low-income areas.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, investigators sought to examine the association between income levels and cancer diagnosis.

Using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program, the investigators examined incidence and mortality trends for breast cancer, melanoma, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer.

The 4 cancer types were chosen for the study because of the link between diagnosis and the intensity with which physicians seek these cancers out through screening and testing.

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