An ACS-led study released last week shows a growing disparity in premature mortality for all causes -- and the majority of the top 10 causes – between people in the United States without a college degree compared to those who graduated, as well as people who live in rural areas vs. urban areas. At the same time, disparities between Black and White people narrowed for all causes – and the top seven causes – for which rates are higher among Black people than White people.
Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, senior vice president, surveillance and health equity science, was senior author of the study. Other ACS authors included Robin Yabroff, PhD, and Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH. It was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The study looked not only at cancer but at the top 10 causes of death in 2007 and 2017 for people between the ages of 25 and 74. For causes like cancer and heart disease, which have an overall decreasing trend, the decrease was mainly confined to the most educated people. For causes of premature mortality with increasing trends, such as accidents or suicide, the increase was mainly seen among less educated people. Trends in premature mortality were also more favorable among those living in more urban areas than rural, for nine of the top 10 diseases.
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