Colon cancer survival linked to neighborhood

September 7, 2009 (CHICAGO) Doctors at the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services analyzed the survival patterns among more than 25,000 colon cancer patients.

They found that people who lived at least 5 years after diagnosis were about 88 percent among high-income white neighborhoods.

Survival rates were about 73 percent in low-income, racially diverse neighborhoods.

Researchers note the findings may support the theory that health is affected by many factors such as biological, behavioral and environmental traits.

The study appears in the Journal of Health Geographics.

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