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Go To College… Or Get Cancer?

Well that’s one way to motivate your children. But no, this isn’t some old wives tale meant to scare little boys & girls. Apparently, recent studies have shown a correlation between education & health. The more your know…

ATLANTA – The gap in cancer death rates between college graduates and those who only went to high school is widening, the American Cancer Society reported Friday.

People with a high school education or less died at a rate four to five times higher than those with at least four years of college education, the new report said.

More than a third of premature cancer deaths could have been avoided if everyone had a college degree, cancer society officials estimated.

Studies have suggested that less educated people are more likely to do risky things with their health.

They are more likely to smoke, drink and overeat, leading to obesity. All those things raise the risk for various cancers.

As for survival after diagnosis, the least-educated are often poor people without good health insurance. Studies have found that people with no health insurance are more likely to be diagnosed when their cancer is advanced stage, and they are also less likely to receive standard treatment.

I can understand the rationale – it’s expected that a person w/a college education makes better choices, gets the better job with benefits, lives in the nicer neighborhood, etc;however, let’s not remember that a number of factors, many of which of beyond our control, go into whether or not a person is is prone to cancer. I do wonder, though, if we’ll see a spike in college admissions for the spring semester now that this information is published.

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