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April 24, 2012 Hispanic people with lung cancer tend to live longer than white or black people with the disease, according to a study published in the journal Cancer. Researchers examined national data from 172,000 adults diagnosed with lung cancer. The results showed that Hispanics had a 15 percent lower risk of death than whites and were more likely to be diagnosed with a less serious form of lung cancer, known as bronchioalveolar carcinoma. Researchers say Hispanics’ increased likelihood of survival may be due to genetic factors or environmental advantages, such as lower rates of tobacco use. They pointed out that Hispanics tend to have better odds of survival despite facing more obstacles to health care and higher rates of poverty than other groups.
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