A recent study highlights the negative effects of insecure housing by demonstrating that cancer patients in unstable housing are twice as likely to pass away from their condition.
This study expands on prior research that demonstrates the detrimental effects of housing insecurity, which range from deteriorating people’s mental health to impairing HIV/AIDS therapy. It appears that living insecurity poses a health risk. Research over many years has demonstrated how such social risk factors might negatively affect someone’s health. Additionally, a recent study revealed that cancer patients’ home insecurity in particular may exacerbate their condition. According to Matthew Banegas, a researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon, “Social hazards affect how we interact with the health care system and other social systems.”