Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What does your ZIP code say about your risk for cancer?

Your risk for certain cancers may depend on your ZIP code and socioeconomic status.

A new study shows people in poorer areas are more likely to suffer cancers of the liver, larynx, cervix and those associated with HPV, while people in wealthier areas are at a greater risk for skin, thyroid, testicular, breast and prostate cancer.

"Across the board, if you look at the richer and the poorer, the cancer incidents are about the same," CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." "But for 32 of the cancers, there's a difference, with some more prevalent in the poor and others in the richer community."

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