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Study: Wealthy And Impoverished Get Different Types Of Cancer

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new study shows the level of poverty or wealth in an area may affect the types of cancers people get.

Researchers looked at three million tumors diagnosed over a four-year period. They found in the poorest neighborhoods, larynx, cervical, and liver cancers were the most common.

In the wealthiest neighborhoods, thyroid, melanoma, and other skin cancers were most likely.

Researchers are not sure why socioeconomic status seems to influence the type of cancer patients develop.

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