An article featured September 28, 2022 in U.S. News & World Report focuses on the research of UF Radiation Oncology assistant professor Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru (Lola), MD, MA, MBA.
Dr. Oladeru’s study, “Incarceration status and cancer mortality: A population-based study,” initially published September 16, 2022 in PLOS ONE, found a higher risk of cancer mortality among individuals diagnosed with cancer during incarceration and in the first-year post-release, which is not fully explained by stage of diagnosis.
According to the U.S. News & World Report article, when researchers adjusted for stage of cancer, they found that it accounted for some but not all of the relationship between incarceration status and death.
Other factors probably contribute with this group of former prisoners, Dr. Oladeru (right) told the publication.
“It could be systemic barriers, including food insecurity, housing, employment, medical insurance, getting primary care access,” she said. “Trying to adjust back to society within 12 months, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is colon cancer screening.”
Read “U.S. Prisoners Face Higher Odds of Dying From Cancer” in U.S. News & World Report here.