Fewer Cancer Cases, More Cancer Deaths in Rural America

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details cancer incidence and cancer death disparities in rural areas compared with urban areas.

Cancer incidence rates Rural counties: 442 per 100,000 Cancer death rates Rural counties: 180 per 100,000 Urban counties: 158 per 100,000 Rural counties had lower incidence rates for breast, prostate, stomach, liver, uterus, bladder, and thyroid cancers.

Rural areas had higher incidence rates for laryngeal cancer.

Overall, rural areas had higher cancer death rates at 180 deaths per 100,000 individuals.

The death rate in urban areas is 158 per 100,000.

Rural counties had higher death rates from lung, colorectal, prostate, and cervical cancers.

Differences in cancer death rates might be related to disparities in access to healthcare services.

Asked about the lower rates of breast and prostate cancer in rural counties, she explained that these cancers tend to be more common for people living in more prosperous communities.

We’ve seen these trends for a long time,” added Paskett, whose research program is nationally recognized for studying cancer health disparities.

Paskett’s paper points out that some low socioeconomic areas of Chicago do no better with breast cancer screening and treatment facilities.

Author: Ann Pietrangelo

Source: healthline.com

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