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Life-course approaches to socio-economic differentials in cause-specific adult mortality

David A. Leon and Gill Walt

in Poverty, Inequality, and Health

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192631961
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.003.0005
Life-course approaches to socio-economic differentials in cause-specific adult mortality

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This chapter shows that socio-economic position at different stages of the life course can influence particular conditions in particular ways. Two conditions — stroke and stomach cancer — seem especially responsive to early-life influences. Other conditions — coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive respiratory disease, breast cancer, and suicide — appear to influenced by socially patterned exposures acting across life.

Keywords: health inequalities; mortality risk; socio-economic position; life course; stroke; stomach cancer; coronary heart disease; respiratory disease; breast cancer; suicide

Chapter.  15556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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