August 19, 2013 3:02 PM

Recovery is slow in rural China’s ‘cancer villages’

In Nanmen, a small village about 25 miles from Shanghai, the smell of paint and gasoline hangs heavy in the stagnant afternoon air. Small dogs run in streets wide enough for only a small car. Children with worn Disney backpacks walk home from school, avoiding the trash tossed into the street gutters. It seems to be a village much like any other in rural China. But there is something different about Nanmen that weighs on villagers’ minds.

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