A disproportionately high incidence of colorectal cancers in the US occurs among people with a relatively low socioeconomic status. To investigate why this happens, researchers led by Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, MPH, from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, used records of participants enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Participants were enrolled in 1995/96 and followed until 2006. Out of more than 500,000 participants, 7676 developed cancer of the colon/rectum. The investigators found that health behaviors among the participants belonging to the lower socioeconomic status accounted for the increased risk for colorectal cancer. Among […]Continue reading Higher Risk for Colorectal Cancer Seen Among the Poor
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