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'Needless Deaths,' The Tennessean

Tennessean education editor Heidi Hall spent five weeks examining why Tennessee ranks 22nd for cancer diagnoses - about the middle of the pack nationally - but has one of the worst cancer death rates. After talking to more than 100 cancer researchers, doctors, patients and social workers, two reasons emerged. She also examined the impact of Tennessee's new anti-smoking laws and the uphill battle faced by a legislator sponsoring a bill that would mandate free colonoscopies for those who can't afford them.

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