Study: Cancer Rates Drop in Some Parts of the U.S., Not Others

Your risk of dying from cancer might depend on where you live.  A new study shows cancer deaths are climbing in some areas of the U.S. and falling in others.  The overall cancer death rate fell about 20-percent from 1980 to 2014, but in regions where poverty, obesity, and smoking are common, cancer death rates are going up.

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 Researchers from the University of Washington found breast cancer deaths were high in the South and along the Mississippi River, while clusters of kidney cancer showed up in the Dakotas and parts of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Alaska, and Illinois.  The study is published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association.

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