21/10/2008

Social inequalities in cancer occurence in France

The analysis of cancer data from a representative sample of approximately 1% of
the French population (Echantillon dmographique permanent, Insee) by the INVS
showed substantial inequalities in cancer mortality in France, which still
remain today.

Large social inequalities were observed among men, especially for upper
aerodigestive tract (UADT) cancers. Social inequalities were less pronounced
among women, but were nevertheless observed for cancer of lung, uterus and
stomach. They increased between 1968 and 1981 among men, and remained stable
thereafter. The strongest increase in socioeconomic inequalities over time was
observed for UADT cancers. Among women, higher breast cancer mortality was
found among higher educated women in the 1970s. This association progressively
weakened and no association remained in the 1990s.


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