Oral cancer deaths declining, but only among the well-educated

The good news is that the number of mouth and throat cancer fatalities has been dropping in the US – but the not-so-good news is that oral cancer rates have only been falling for Americans with at least a high school education.

Researchers have various theories about why this is happening. Poorer and less-educated Americans tend to smoke more, for instance, and they’re less likely to catch cancer early because they lack access to health care.

Dr. Amy Chen at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta told Reuters Health that education is critical.

“Investment in education is very important not only for the health status of the population, but also for the economic status of the population,” Chen said.

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