Blue collar cancer patients get less care

Blue collar workers who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are not given the same care as men with white collar professions, news agency TT reports.

Despite the goal that all patients should be given equal care, the national health care system continues to treat patients differently, especially when it comes to those suffering from prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer for men.

In a new study, published in the European Journal of Cancer, researchers followed 17 000 men, suffering from the most aggressive form of prostate cancer, to see what care they are given and the differences are significant.

For example blue collar workers are less likely to get a so called scintigraphy, a test to see if the cancer has spread to the skeleton. In addition working class men whose cancer has spread to the skeleton are less likely to be given treatments such as chemotherapy or surgery.