Social Inequalities and Cancer

IARC Scientific Publication No. 138

Edited by Kogevinas M, Pearce N, Susser M, Boffetta P






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In both industrialized and less-developed societies, cancer incidence and survival are related to socioeconomic factors. This fascinating volume, the first to examine the magnitude of these socioeconomic differences in relation to cancer, provides vital information for all those interested in public health. Nineteen authored chapters are presented in four sections: general considerations; evidence of social inequalities in cancer; explanations for social inequalities in cancer; and socioeconomic.
Cover Page

Foreword and Acknowledgements




A summary by the Editors

Chapter 1. Why study socioeconomic factors and cancer?

Chapter 2. Poverty and cancer

Chapter 3. Social theory and social class

Chapter 4. The measurement of social class in health studies: old measures and new formulations

Chapter 5. Socioeconomic differences in cancer incidence and mortality

Chapter 6. Socioeconomic differences in cancer survival: a review of the evidence

Chapter 7. General explanations for social inequalities in health

Chapter 8. Tobacco smoking, cancer and social class

Chapter 9. Alcohol drinking, social class and cancer

Chapter 10. Diet and cancer: possible explanations for the higher risk of cancer in the poor

Chapter 11. Socioeconomic differences in reproductive behaviour

Chapter 12. Social differences in sexual behaviour and cervical cancer

Chapter 13. Infection with hepatitis B and C viruses, social class and cancer

Chapter 14. Infection with Helicobacter pylori and parasites, social class and cancer

Chapter 15. Exposure to occupational carcinogens and social class differences in cancer occurrence

Chapter 16. Unemployment and cancer: a literature review

Chapter 17. Unemployment and cancer in Denmark, 1970-1975 and 1986-1990

Chapter 18. Environmental exposure, social class, and cancer risk

Chapter 19. Socioeconomic status and cancer screening

Chapter 20. Possible explanations for social class differences in cancer patient survival