Villagers are more likely to die from cancer

Villagers are more likely to die from cancer


Living in a rural area reduces the chances of cancer patients survival. The study showed that the inhabitants of towns and villages worse cope with tumors, because they are isolated from the treatment centres.

Accommodation in nature traditionally promises man many advantages thanks to the fresh air, no harmful emissions and a more structured lifestyle. But this does not apply to those patients who are faced with cancer. The study demonstrated that after the installation of the diagnosis of cancer and beginning of treatment the chances of living in rural areas to overcome the disease are reduced compared to living in cities. In General, this reduction is 5%. The authors of the study explains this phenomenon by the fact that people in villages and small towns live far from medical centers, who assist them, causing them to seek it with some delay.

Scientists from the University of Aberdeen conducted a meta-analysis of 39 studies worldwide in order to evaluate how the place of residence of the patient can affect the likelihood of success in the fight against cancer. In 30 of the 39 trials showed significant benefits to urban residents over villagers. Approximately one in five people on our planet today lives in rural areas, while in Russia this number is slightly smaller. Observations show that residents of villages with considerable delay seek help to the doctors, they are doing it even after their symptoms become more serious. It is possible that this is due to the nature of the agricultural work and certain obligations that they have.

In addition, rural communities do not always have efficient transport system. Traditionally in Russia, reduced the number of rural clinics and health centres that can provide expert assistance or at least to conduct a qualitative diagnosis, are transferred to larger cities, which can also affect the efficiency of provided medical services. (READ MORE)