New research shows individuals with low income and limited education have higher odds of death within one month after undergoing lung cancer surgery.

This is the largest study ever to look at the link between short-term mortality in patients undergoing surgical resection for lung cancer and socioeconomic factors. This research paves the way for future studies that look at why patients with limited education and less income experience worse outcomes.

“It’s a very powerful study because it has the largest and most complete data on cancer care that we have for our use in the world,” Dr. Fernandez said. “Clearly, our results show that patients who come from less educated and less wealthy communities are at risk for mortality with the lung cancer operation.”

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