Where people work, live and play can greatly affect their health and the quality of healthcare they receive. Research already has shown that these social determinants of health (SDOH) are potent. Now researchers are digging deeper and learning how SDOH affect diseases, including risk for certain cancers and their outcomes after treatment, says Katherine Reeder-Hayes, M.D., M.B.A., M.S., chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Health Equity Committee. The considerable differences between poor and wealthier patients, as well as between Black and White patients, can often be traced to SDOH, says Reeder-Hayes, who is also an associate professor and chief of breast oncology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
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