My first thought while reading this article is “duh!”  No big surprise here–economically disadvantaged cancer patients suffer more complications and die sooner than patients who are better cared for.

But there is still value in the article–if only to remind us how important it is to work toward more equitable health care:

Economically Deprived Cancer Patients are More Likely to Die
By Joanna Karpasea-Jones November 24, 2010

New research has shown that cancer patients who are economically deprived are more likely to develop fatal complications than those who are better off.

Patients with less money were 50 percent more likely to develop a serious illnesses like heart disease, tuberculosis, diabetes or dementia and this would reduce their chance of recovering from cancer.

Over 72,000 cancer patients with different types of cancer were studied between 1997 and 2006 and the results showed that the likelihood of economically deprived patients surviving for one year was significantly reduced compared to patients who were well off.

Read the rest of this two page article by going to: Deprived Cancer Patients.
Hard to feel good after reading this, but try–and don’t forget to keep smiling!  Pat

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