Poorer socioeconomic status predicts lower survival in patients with anal cancer
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If you are from a lower income area, your chances of surviving anal cancer are significantly reduced, according to a new study led by investigators at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, and publishing online March 12, 2018 in Cancer.

Among the first of its kind, the study shows that both overall survival — and cancer specific survival — can be predicted by median household income (MHI) after controlling for additional factors like age, sex, race, and stage of cancer. Investigators found chance of death increased by about 30 percent for those living in areas of poverty.

“Living in a low-income area shouldn’t dictate your outcome with cancer and, based on this research, we’re seeing that it does,” says Daniel Becker, MD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center. “The benefit of this study is that we’re identifying higher-risk populations that need additional resources to improve outcomes.”

As a relatively rare, but highly treatable disease, squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCAA) has been rising in incidence and currently accounts for more than 8,200 cases annually in the United States. This increasing incidence is potentially due to

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