American Cancer Society Report Shows Inconsistencies among Socioeconomic Groups Still Persist as Cancer Deaths Decline

A recent article on CNN.com highlights how education may influence a person’s survival of cancer. The article focuses on the declining death rate of cancer from 1990 to 2007 among different socioeconomic groups that still persist and affect individuals with cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1,596,670 new cancer cases will manifest this year and approximately 571,950 people will die from cancer. The chances of being diagnosed with an invasive cancer are 44 percent for men and 38 percent for women. The most common new cases for men are cancer of the prostate, lung and colorectal; for women: breast, lung and colorectal.

The statistics reported in the article suggest that a patient’s education levels influences their prognosis. In 2007, individuals noted to have lower levels of education had cancer death rates more than double those of more educated individuals. Based on this premise, it has been suggested that 37 percent of cancer deaths in patients aged 25 to 64 may have been preventable.

The timely and accurate diagnosis of cancer is essential for a patient to receive proper treatment, and increase their chances for recovery and survival, no matter their socio-economic status. At Blume Forte, our New Jersey cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have the experience and resources to assist our clients in investigating the merits of a case when it appears that a cancer is misdiagnosed or not timely diagnosed or treated. To learn more about your legal rights, call our firm at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.

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