Colorectal cancer survival in socioeconomic groups in England: Variation is mainly in the short term after diagnosis

Publication year: 2011
Source: European Journal of Cancer, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Henrik, Møller , Fredrik, Sandin , David, Robinson , Freddie, Bray , Åsa, Klint , …

The objective of this study was to examine differences in cancer survival between socioeconomic groups in England, with particular attention to survival in the short term of follow-up. Patients and methods: Individuals diagnosed with colorectal cancer between 1996 and 2004 in England were identified from cancer registry records. Five-year cumulative relative survival and excess death rates were computed. Results: For colon cancer there was a very high excess death rate in the first month of follow-up, and the excess death rate was highest in the socioeconomically deprived groups. In subsequent periods, excess mortality rates were much lower and there was less socioeconomic variation. The…