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Cancer Rates Are Dropping — But Not In Rural Appalachia

“People don’t think a lot about their health, especially right now, with our economy,” said Ashley Teague, a regional cancer control specialist for the Kentucky Cancer Program. “They’re more worried about finding a job or can’t take time off work to get screened. It falls down on the list of priorities.”.. There’s a fatalism in Appalachia since everybody has family that has had cancer or died,” Marmagas said.

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