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A study found that women surveyed in public housing in Washington DC met none or one of the requirements for a healthy diet. Because of this, poor black women face a greater risk of cancer because of unhealthy diets. Study findings were presented at a conference in Atlanta of the American Association for Cancer Research.

“African-American women … face a worse cancer incidence and mortality rate than most other ethnic groups and poor African-American women are at an even greater disadvantage,” said Ann Klassen, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

This study was relevant not only to poor black women but other poor ethnic groups as well. Improving diet, according to researchers, is one way to reduce the risk of cancer.

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