Cancer death rate down; education key factor

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 3:56pm

The American Cancer Society released a 17 year review of cancer deaths. The numbers are going down and progress Louisiana is better than the national average. But there’s one group at especially high risk of dying from cancer – people with little or no education. From 1990 to 2007, they suffered more than double the number of deaths from cancer than patients with higher education.

Researchers at the American Cancer Society found the group was more likely to smoke, have lower incomes, no health insurance and live in areas where there is less access to healthy foods and exercise.

Doctor Jay Brooks, an Oncologist at Ochsner in Baton Rouge says these are all factors that raise your risk. Dr. Brooks says with "no smoking, staying your normal weight and doing the screening tests that are recommended, we can really decrease our chances about developing cancer."

In the review, the American Cancer Society found that the national cancer death rate dropped by about 898,000. They compiled information for the study from The National Cancer Institute.

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