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Cancer Rates Higher In Downstate Illinois

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:33:30 CST

A new study shows cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois. A report from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the State Department of Public Health says the southern two thirds of Illinois have higher cancer rates and lower survival rates than those in the northern part. SIU Med School's David Steward says the likely culprit is lung cancer... which is especially higher in Men:

The study looks at two decades worth of cancer stats. Steward says smoking rates are also higher in 73 downstate counties.

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