Study: Missouri Women At Higher Risk For Developing Cancer

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) –  Some scary cancer numbers for women in Missouri.

In Missouri, 23% of women smoke, dwarfing the national average of 16% according to a new study.

And only 57% of female residents in the Show-Me State get regular mammograms, falling short of the U.S. average of 62%.

“We want to let women know there are things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer,” says Colleen Doyle with the American Cancer Society, “and also through getting screened appropriately, if indeed cancer does develop identify cancer at its earliest stage when it’s most treatable.”

Doyle says the most prevalant types of cancer among Missouri women are lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer, in that order.

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