Higher rates of cancer victims in East Texas
TYLER - Experts say, northeast Texas counties, specifically rural areas are suffering from higher rates of individuals with cancer. Study shows the state average of cancer victims is four-hundred-forty-four out of 100,000 people.
In East Texas we're told it's five-hundred-seventy out of 100,000 people. That's a hundred and twenty six more than the state average but, experts say one of the key issues is smoking.
Dr. Donald A. Richard with Texas Oncology tells KETK, "if you look at a map of the United States you'll see that not only does East Texas have a very high incidence of lung cancer but that extends all the way through the tobacco belt. It includes Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana."