What has education got to do with risk of illness? Plenty, researchers say as they found that the least educated carried double the risk of cancer.
The report showed that the death rate for men in 2007 was five times more among those who were least educated.
"If you're less educated, there's a lower probability that you have good health insurance that covers these screening tests. In addition, there's less access to the knowledge that you should be getting these screening tests. These are complex issues, but we see these consistent types of relationships. In general, there's a correlation between being more educated and having jobs with access to health care or sufficient income to have access to insurance," researchers said.