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Knowledge Of Family History Helpful In Early Cancer Screenings

Knowing your family's health history is vital in determining the need for early screenings -- especially for cancer.

Now new research finds immigrants to the U.S. may be at a disadvantage. The study finds immigrants are less likely to report a family history of cancer, losing opportunities for early tests and other prevention methods.

In reviewing data from over five-thousand people, researchers found immigrants were two-thirds less likely to report a family history of cancer, compared to those born in the U.S.

The results stayed the same no matter how long the person had lived in the United States. Researchers believe the problem is that many immigrants are separated at a young age from their parents and aren't able to learn about any family health problems.


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