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Poorer cancer patients ‘more likely to suffer ill health’

25th November 2010

Cancer patients from poorer backgrounds are more likely to be affected by other illnesses which threaten their chances of survival, according to new research.

A study in the British Journal of Cancer examined more than 72,000 patients with 14 types of cancer between 1997 and 2006, showing the likelihood of one-year survival for patients from a deprived background was much lower than that of well-off individuals.

Poorer patients were demonstrated to be 50 percent more likely to develop another serious condition such as heart disease, diabetes, tuberculosis or dementia, which reduces their chance of recovering from the cancer.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said the "worrying" findings illustrate the need to close the poverty gap, noting that lifestyle issues are exacerbating health risks among the poor.

"More work needs to be done to raise awareness in economically-deprived areas about the risks of smoking and obesity and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise," Dr Walker added.

This comes after CancerPartnersUK stated earlier this month that more needs to be done to address the variable standard of cancer care on offer in the UK.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800256590-ADNFCR

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