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Rural living in India is linked to lower risk of breast cancer, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7685 (Published 15 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7685
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Women who live in rural India for more than 20 years have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who grew up in cities, a study has found.

The incidence of breast cancer in India varies between rural and urban areas, implying that a transition between the two areas could alter the risk of breast cancer. A study published in the Indian Journal of Cancer investigated this idea by studying incidence rates in 26 Indian cancer registries, which were divided on the basis of population into rural (population <5000), urban (25 000-1 000 000), and metro areas (>1 000 000).1 Compared with the rural registry …

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