Wealth May Affect Types of Cancers People Get

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By Alabama News Network

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, cervix and liver cancer were the most common.

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

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

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