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CommonHealth: Genes May Play Role In Higher Incidence Of Cancer In Men05:43
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The Dana Farber Cancer Institute in the Longwood medical area. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Men are more prone to cancer than women are and for a long time, it's been thought that the explanation can be found in how men live. For example, men are more likely to smoke and they have more factory jobs that expose them to chemicals. But in a paper out Monday, Boston-based researchers are pointing to a different explanation: men's genes.

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Carey Golberg, host of WBUR's CommonHealth. She tweets @commonhealth.

This segment aired on November 21, 2016.

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