Black Patients in The US have a Lower Cancer Survival Rate

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Scientists found that the cancer survival rate might also vary according to ethnicity.

Three new studies showed that black patients might have a lower cancer survival rate compared to Caucasian ones. These studies apply and the results hold no matter the type of cancer. All of the research papers were published in the journal Cancer.

The Three Studies that Targeted the Cancer Survival Rate

One of the studies investigated the cancer survival rate for colon cancer in between 2001 to 2003 and 2004 to 2009. The number of patients still alive five years after the diagnosis was almost the same, 63.7% and 64.6%. When the researchers compared the cancer survival rate after five years for black and white patients, they noted that the one of the former was lower.

Another important finding showed that the survival rates of African American people diagnosed between 2004 and 2009 were lower than the survival rates of white patients diagnosed 20 years earlier back when the treatments were fewer and less efficient. Researchers mentioned that this study shows that the access and use of therapy can vary according to location and race.

Another team of researchers had similar results when it studied breast cancer survival rates for both African American and Caucasian patients. This research used data from 1.4 million women diagnosed in 37 states in between 2001 to 2009. The scientists discovered that the survival rate was lower by almost 10% in the first category. Other findings showed that African American women are 60% more likely to be diagnosed after their cancer has spread, compared to white women.

The last study examined the ovarian cancer survival rate for black and white patients. Between 2001 and 2009, there were more cases of ovarian cancer among white women than among the latter. Despite this fact, the survival rate for African American women was 10% lower when compared to the one of white patients. Only 31% of black patients survived to live five years after diagnosis, in comparison to more than 42%.

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