Poorer women less likely to survive breast cancer

women-cancer-620_1.jpgA new report shows that poorer women from most disadvantaged areas in England are less likely to survive breast cancer. Such women tend to be diagnosed later and miss out on most effective treatments.

The All Breast Cancer Report, published by the National Cancer Intelligence Network, is the first in depth analysis in the UK to look at how the impact of treatment and route of diagnosis affects life chances among people at different parts of social gradients.

EuroHealthNet director Clive Needle said ” This is another important piece of evidence that policy priorities should be addressed to tackling social determinants of health, the real factors behind impacts of diseases. Cancers and survival rates vary across Europe, but what is constant is that poorer, less educated people suffer more ill-health. That can be changed by governments to ensure better education, action for people in deprived communities, and “proportional universalism” in health and social services. Until that is done these scandalous inequities will persist.”

“In the EU context this is a glaring reason why a suggested new health programme must include action on health inequities in prevention of chronic diseases such as cancers. It must also end the “silos” where we have state actions on cancers separate from actions on inequalities. Women experiencing poverty need urgent action.”

The National Cancer Intelligence network Report is available here.

The EU actions on cancer are available here.

The EU actions on inequalities are available here.

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