Socioeconomic Class And the Risk for Cancer….

September 29, 2008

We all know that disease affecting an elderly can differ from the young.  A new study highlights the impact of one socioeconomic status and the risk of common ailments that we dread of having: CANCER.

Here’s an interesting study opublished recently in the BMC-Cancer looking at how ones socioeconomic status can have an impact on ones risk to develop cancer:



Cancer incidence varies by socioeconomic group and these variations have been linked with environmental and lifestyle factors, differences in access to health care and health seeking behaviour. Socioeconomic variations in cancer incidence by region and age are less clearly understood but they are crucial for targeting prevention measures and health care commissioning.


  • Incidence was highest for the most deprived patients for lung cancer and cervical cancer
  • the opposite was observed for malignant melanoma and breast cancer.
  • The difference in incidence between the most and the least deprived groups was higher for lung cancer patients aged under 65 at diagnosis than those over 65 at diagnosis, which may indicate a cohort effect. 
  •  If the incidence of lung and cervical cancer were decreased to that of the least deprived group it would prevent 36% of lung cancer cases in men, 38% of lung cancer cases in women and 28% of cervical cancer cases.
  • Incidence of breast cancer and melanoma was highest in the least deprived group


National comparison of socioeconomic variations in cancer incidence by region and age can provide an unbiased basis for public health prevention and health commissioning. Decreasing inequalities in incidence requires the integration of information on risk factors, incidence and projected incidence but targeted public health interventions could help to reduce regional inequalities in incidence and reduce the future cancer burden.


The way we live and the way we practice how we live definitely can have an impact on what diseases will affect our bodies. Breast cancer is noted to be predominant among the wealthy obviously because for me, these people tend to more vigilant in doing yearly exams but more so because they tend to behave not very well in terms of lifetstyle.  I have heard news from relatives to friends who developed breast cancer.

 Look around you and you will see obese women with their obese siblings.  Culture tells us that being a little fat is better and “culturally” better than thin because the “fatness conotes a happy marriage! WHEW! I absolutely DIASGREE! 🙂  and am sure a lot of you are!  I am happily married with three kids BUT I keep it a point to be careful with what I eat including my wife and kids MAKING sure we will not be one of th tagged “obese family” that will increase our chances of getting obesity related diseases like cancer.

Being obese will increase your chances of having a higher circulating estrogen which can increase ones chances to develop breast cancer.  So by keeping oneself fit and avoiding red meat can one improve to lower that risk.

What You Can Afford Does Not Mean It is Healthy!

One Response to “Socioeconomic Class And the Risk for Cancer….”

  1. maxim Says:

    Truly, the benefits of staying fit is not only pronounced in chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension but even in cancer.

    Thanks Doc.

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