Cancer and poverty: breaking the cycle

Semin Oncol Nurs. 1994 May;10(2):79-88. doi: 10.1016/s0749-2081(05)80061-0.


Poverty contributes to an increase in cancer incidence and mortality. The economically disadvantaged have a higher incidence for several cancers and lower survival rates for all cancer sites combined. A number of factors are responsible for the increased mortality and morbidity from cancer among the poor and include lack of employment, lack of education, inadequate housing, lack of access to medical care, chronic malnutrition, and a fatalistic attitude. Successful strategies must be taken to reverse these trends.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Educational Status
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Morbidity
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Nutritional Status
  • Poverty*
  • Primary Prevention / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Survival Rate
  • United States / epidemiology