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Socioeconomic inequalities in cancer survival in Scotland

The latest British Journal of Cancer investigates socioeconomic inequalities in cancer survival in Scotland over 2 decades.

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Dr Lorraine Shack and colleagues from England analyzed trends in 5-year survival of the 18 commonest cancers in Scotland diagnosed between 1986 and 2000.

The patients were followed up to 2004 in each of 5 deprivation groups based on patients' postcode of residence at diagnosis.

5-year survival improved for all malignancies except bladder cancer
British Journal of Cancer

The team estimated relative survival up to 5 years after diagnosis.

The research team adjusted for the different background mortality in each deprivation group by age, sex and calendar period.

The researchers estimated trends in overall survival and in the deprivation gap in survival up to 2004.

The team found that 5-year survival improved for all malignancies except bladder cancer, and was associated with a widening in the deprivation gap in survival.

Dr Shack's team concluded, "For 25 of 30 cancer-sex combinations examined, 5-year survival was lower among more deprived patients diagnosed during 1996 and 2000."

"The deprivation gap in survival had widened since 1986 to 1990 for 15 of these 25 cancers, similar to the trends seen in England and Wales."

Br J Cancer 2007: 97(10): 999-1004
25 October 2007

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