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Affect/Effect

April 14, 2009

Where you live may effect cancer survival

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A study of neighborhoods suggests that modifiable factors, not genetics, underlie the racial disparities that have been seen in survival of breast and prostate cancer.

In this headline, “Where you live may effect cancer survival”, I presume you mean that where one lives may INFLUENCE cancer risk, rather than CAUSE it. In that case, I suggest you change “effect” to “affect”. Bad show!

P.F.

“Where You Live may AFFECT…” PLEASE learn the difference between AFFECT and EFFECT.

As a former teacher this kind of error is totally unacceptable and drives me crazy! Where are your copy editors?

Carol
Quite a few readers commented on this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

Spanish actress Elsa Pataky poses during a photocall to bring awareness to breast cancer in central Madrid April 6, 2009. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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