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Rural women more likely to have later stage breast cancer

A new study conducted by a researcher from the University of Missouri found that women in rural areas have added challenges when it comes to screening for breast cancer, and this results in many women being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

The researcher found that those who have to travel 50 to 75 miles to a healthcare center are 10 percent more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.

"In some cases women in rural areas must spend an entire day seeking routine medical treatment," Faustine Williams, a doctoral student in the Department of Rural Sociology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, told the news source. "By strategically placing health screening facilities in poor and rural areas, women would have better access to health care and it would increase the likelihood that rural women would seek medical care and be diagnosed with breast cancer earlier."

According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second most common form of cancer among women besides skin cancer. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.
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