Study shows wealthy people suffer from some cancers more than others

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — 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 cancers 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 type of cancer patients develop.

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