The family dentist in the city of West Palm Beach, Fla., may be the best option for a cancer patient in a city that is getting desperate for more doctors and nurses to treat patients, according to a new study.
But it may be a long shot for patients with severe or metastatic cancer, according a new analysis from the Mayo Clinic and researchers at the University of South Florida.
“The data is not very encouraging,” said James Gaffney, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Mayo Center for Cancer Care and Research at the university.
“There’s not a lot of evidence that it’s worth the risk.”
The analysis, published in the American Journal of Cancer, shows that cancer patients who live in communities with many other specialists also face an increased risk of death from other causes.
It also shows that there’s not much of a relationship between where patients live and how often they get cancer.
“It’s a pretty extreme effect,” Gaffneys said.
“We know that if you live in a rural area and you have lots of other doctors, there’s a lot less cancer deaths.”
There are about 100,000 cancer patients living in the United States and about 10,000 in Palm Beach County, the county’s capital, according for the analysis.
It looked at cancer deaths between 1990 and 2015, the most recent data available, for the counties with at least one doctor, nurse or dentist.
In Palm Beach county, those deaths were about 2,500 per year, which is about 4.5 times the national average.
In the county where Gaffnes is from, only one of his relatives was diagnosed with cancer, and there was no direct link between his diagnosis and his cancer death.
In West Palm, which has more than 500,000 residents, only five of 10 family dentists had cancer diagnoses and none had died of it, according the Mayo study.
The other five were not diagnosed with any cancers, but had suffered strokes, heart attacks or strokes that left them unable to work.
Gaffney said the findings are consistent with what many people already know.
He said he knows of two other family dentist who have died from cancer in the same county.
“They were in their 40s,” he said.
The study does not say why the researchers chose to focus on West Palm.
The researchers have not studied other communities with cancer rates that high.
“We have no reason to think there are other things that may be going on,” Giffney said.
“But we don’t know if it’s a risk factor for more specialists to be out there.”
The study is not the first to find that the risk of cancer in families living near doctors or other health professionals increases if they live near health care centers, a trend Gaffrey said is consistent with the national trend.
“That’s the assumption that we’re seeing,” he told NBC News.
“If you’re a family in West Palm and you’re dealing with a lot more cancer cases than you would in other areas, it’s not clear why that would be.”
Gaffneys and his colleagues looked at all of the people who had died between 1990 to 2015, looking for any family members who had cancer.
They looked at the age, sex and race of the patients, as well as how often each patient was treated at a local health care facility.
They also looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and found that the more patients were treated at the health care center, the more likely they were to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
For example, the researchers found that among patients treated at hospitals, cancer diagnoses were more common in people of color and women, and they found that patients who were treated more often at the local health center had higher risk of dying from breast cancer than those who were more likely to be treated at other facilities.
In some cases, the data showed that patients were not given enough cancer treatment.
For example, patients in the study who had more than one primary care provider were more than three times more likely than those treated at their primary care physician’s office to have died of cancer.
The researchers also looked for other health care related conditions that might have contributed to higher rates of cancer deaths among people in the region.
“There’s no question that these are very serious issues that are being exacerbated by the fact that people are living close to their primary-care doctors and being treated more frequently,” Gafney said of the new study’s findings.
“That’s just not good for patients.”