Shocking evidence of the deadly price of social inequality was exposed today in a report by the American Cancer Society.
It revealed the results of a study showing that in the US — long an inspiration for British rightwingers — men who did not make it to university are 2.5 times more likely to die of cancer than their better-educated fellow citizens.
The society found that while cancer deaths were falling among generally wealthier graduates with good health insurance, the rate among the rest of the population remained stagnant.
Men with 12 years’ education or less were found to face a rate of 148 deaths per 100,000. For the better educated — those with at least 16 years — that figure dropped to 56 per 100,000.
It was a similar story for women, although the gap was smaller. The same figures stood at 119 and 59 respectively.