People with higher education may be at a higher risk of developing brain tumors, according to new research from Sweden.
Earlier research has shown that people with a higher education live longer because they tend to live healthier, but a Swedish population study shows that brain tumors are more common among people who have at least three years of higher education, writes forskning.no.
This applies to malignant gliomas in particular, a study recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health shows.
“This study may shed light on hitherto unknown factors in the search for causes of malignant brain tumor,” said Tom Børge Johannesen, researcher and doctor of medicine and deputy head of registry department at the Cancer Registry.
Highly educated women had a 23 percent higher risk than those without higher education. Men with at least three years of education at the university level had 19 percent higher risk of developing dangerous brain cancer than men who quit after nine years of primary school. Factors such as income, occupation and marital status were also examined.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today