MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Oncologist
Director,Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: This MMWR report is the first complete description of cancer incidence and mortality comparing rural and urban America. From previous reports we know that rural residents are more likely to be older, have more comorbid conditions and participate in high risk behaviors that can lead to cancer. CDC researchers were interested in how these factors were related to new cancers and cancer deaths in rural counties compared to metropolitan counties.
Researchers found that rates of new cases for lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and cervical cancer were higher in rural America. In contrast, rural areas were found to have lower rates of new cancers of the female breast, and prostate. Rural counties had higher death rates from lung, colorectal, prostate, and cervical cancers.