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Regarding cancer rates. looking at leukaemia in califnornia vs. nv. in la county it is 11/100,000. clark county it is 19/100,000. is this a big deal?

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Dr. Riley Alexander
Pathology 11 years experience
Most likely not: Epidemiology (study of disease in a population) is tricky. Both rates quoted are very small so a doubling is very likely not a concern. Also, when comparing two areas and a very specific disease, you really should adjust for age, gender and ethnicity. Differences in a city's population can dramatically affect the incidence of certain diseases--many diseases occur only in men or women, kids, etc.

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