American Cancer Society study showed that college graduates may be less likely to die from cancer than the people with high-school or lower education. The rates of cancer deaths among those with a high school education or less were twice as high as the risk among the college educated. The conclusion came from a research that analyzed 2001 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Although differences in income haven’t been evaluated, economics and better access to information may be the factors that make all the difference.

Previous studies have shown that race too influences cancer survival in the U.S. However, the chances of death from cancer for black and white men without high school or college education were found to be almost identical. In the last study, researchers showed that both education and race are reflective of socioeconomic determinants of health.

White men with an eighth-grade education or less are found to be 3.5 times more likely than white men with 17 or more years of education to die from cancer while less educated black men had 2.7 time bigger chances of dying than the educated blacks.
White women with less education had a cancer death rate 2.2 times higher than those with college degrees while no consistent trend among black women could be determined.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,5 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year with half a million deaths from this disease.