Special Issue "Socio-Economic Factors of Cancer"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

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Prof. Dr. Ted McDonald
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Economics and Director NB Institute for Research, Data and Training, University of New Brunswick, 3 Bailey Drive, P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada
Interests: Dr. Ted McDonald is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Melbourne. Dr. McDonald is the Chair of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network Academic Council, a member of the CRDCN Board, and a member of executive committee of Health Data Research Network Canada. His main areas of research include the health status and health services use of immigrants and other subpopulations, socioeconomic determinants of cancer and other chronic diseases, and immigrant retention and mobility. Dr. McDonald is a UNB research scholar for 2020–2022 and in 2019 he was co-winner of the Mike McCracken award for Economics Statistics, awarded by the Canadian Economics Association.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to the 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Progress Report, four out of 10 cancer cases and almost half of all cancer-related deaths in the United States are associated with preventable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and activity. These risk factors are widely known and accepted, but persistent differences in cancer incidence and outcomes by socio-economic status after accounting for such risk factors indicate that there remains much we do not know about why it matters. Furthermore, while socioeconomic status is a simple concept, it can reflect a complex interaction of personal, family and community dimensions, many of which are not easily observed or measured. Advances in the availability of large linked datasets (including genomic data) and in statistical and spatial methods mean an unprecedented opportunity to advance our understanding of the links between socio-economic status and cancer. Papers are invited for submission to this special issue of IJERPH on any relevant topic on the theme, with particular interest in papers showcasing new and novel insights on why socio-economic status matters for cancer. Previously unpublished work on cancer incidence, survival, stage, screening and detection, treatment and cancer-related health behaviors are all invited.

Prof. Dr. Ted McDonald
Guest Editor

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  • cancer
  • socioeconomic determinants of cancer
  • demographic determinants of cancer
  • socioeconomic status
  • universal healthcare
  • healthcare system
  • health disparities
  • health equity
  • social inequality

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A Cluster Analysis of Risk Factors for Cancer across EU Countries: Health Policy Recommendations for Prevention
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 8142; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158142 - 31 Jul 2021
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Cancer burden in the European Union (EU) is increasing and has stimulated the European Commission (EC) to develop strategies for cancer control. A common “one size fits all” prevention policy may not be effective in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. The goal of [...] Read more.
Cancer burden in the European Union (EU) is increasing and has stimulated the European Commission (EC) to develop strategies for cancer control. A common “one size fits all” prevention policy may not be effective in reducing cancer morbidity and mortality. The goal of this paper is to show that EU member states are not homogenous in terms of their exposure to risk factors for cancer (i.e., lifestyle, socio-economic status (SES), air pollution, and vaccination). Data from a variety of sources including Eurostat, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the European Health Interview Survey, Eurobarometer, and the European Environment Agency were merged across years 2013–2015 and used to develop a cluster analysis. This work identified four patterns of cancer prevention behaviors in the EU thus making it possible to group EU members states into four distinct country clusters including: sports-engaged countries, tobacco and pollutant exposed nations, unhealthy lifestyle countries, and a stimulant-enjoying cluster of countries. This paper finds that there is a need for closer collaboration among EU countries belonging to the same cluster in order to share best practices regarding health policy measures that might improve cancer control interventions locally and across the EU. Full article
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