Housing Instability Top Social Risk Factor for Cancer Patients, UCSD Finds

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Lack of stable housing while fighting cancer can be one of the risk factors most likely to increase mortality, researchers from UC San Diego School of Medicine revealed in a paper published Friday.

Prior to the study, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, little was known about cancer patients’ social welfare and how it affects their health outcomes, an issue for an industry increasingly more interested in integrating health and social care.

“We wanted to understand what social and economic issues patients were facing when they first came in with a cancer diagnosis and how those might affect their long-term health,” said corresponding author Matthew P. Banegas, associate professor at UCSD School of Medicine and co-director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Research.

They tracked this by assessing various “social risk factors” in cancer patients, which they evaluated a baseline for by looking at data from patients who completed a social risk survey within 90 days before or after their cancer diagnosis, the researchers said. The survey evaluated four categories of social risk, including financial hardship, food insecurity, housing instability and transportation difficulties. Researchers then measured how closely associated the social risk factors were with the patients’ mortality rates.

The study tracked 1,277 patients enrolled at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, half of which were women and 84% of which were non-Hispanic white.

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