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Lung cancer takes higher than expected toll in south suburbs

A state report on cancer rates indicates that more people die from lung cancer than expected in some south suburbs, particularly among women.

The Massachusetts Cancer Registry, in its annual cancer incidence report to cities and towns, highlighted the elevated numbers in some communities where the recorded number of deaths due to lung cancer during the years 2005-2009 — the latest for which statistics are available — was higher than expected. The predictions were based on the town’s population and corresponding statewide average annual age-specific incidence rates.

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