Children 'More Prone to Cancer in Affluent Areas'

The Evening Standard (London, England), July 19, 2006 | Go to article overview

Children 'More Prone to Cancer in Affluent Areas'


Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL

CHILDREN living in wealthy neighbourhoods are more likely to develop cancer, a new study suggests today.

The research found higher rates of many cancers among young people in areas favoured by professionals.

The report by Government advisers also provides some evidence to back the theory that common infections may play a role in the growth of cancer cells.

The Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment found there are clusters of childhood cancers across the country, even down to local ward level. This clustering was previously known for leukaemia. However, the committee found it was also happening for other cancers such as bone and renal tumours and soft tissue sarcomas.

The report also stressed: "When social-economic status is analysed many childhood cancer rates including leukaemia have been shown to be slightly higher in affluent areas comparedto more deprived areas. The social class association for childhood leukaemia has been known for some time. The fact that this also appears to apply for other childhood cancers is new and as far as we know unique to this study.

" The reasons for this are unknown."

The study also suggested that cancer among children may be linked to an "infective process". …

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