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Cancer in Amish communities

Cancer in Amish communities

Written by  Facing Cancer Together
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(Columbus, OH) -- Many times, members of Amish communities view things differently than the rest of the world, including the role of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

amish-buggyA few years ago, Dr. Judith Westman set out to find how these fundamental differences might affect cancer rates among the Amish population. She's the clinical director of the Division of Human Genetics at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. As part of our multimedia, Facing Cancer Together initiative, she spoke with witf's Megan Lello about the somewhat surprising results of the study:

Learn more about Dr. Westman's study in this video piece on Amish and cancer.

To find out more about the Amish, watch The Amish: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.  This documentary aired on witf-TVbut you can watch the film below (via pbs.org).

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Watch The Amish on PBS. See more from American Experience.

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