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Blacks diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die

University of Michigan study shows that the chance of dying is twice higher in blacks than in other races

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Blacks are more likely to die after a cancer diagnosis, than patients of other races, as pointed out by a survey conducted by the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Michigan (UM).

The report showed that black people with cancer are twice as likely to die of the disease compared to patients of other races. Although the differences are indicated for nearly all types of common cancers, the highest rates were seen in cancers that benefit most from treatment. This suggests that blacks are not receiving necessary treatment.

A five-year survival varied by 10% among blacks and whites with colorectal cancer and 25% among patients with uterine cancer. These types of disease can be cured through surgery and appropriate medical treatment, but can be fatal without such care.

According to the review, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, these differences are attributed to three factors: the blacks are diagnosed with cancer in advanced stages and are more likely to develop the underlying problems, from the low utilization of services health, unless they are advised of cancer tests and are less likely to receive treatment (surgery and chemotherapy), and the hospitals to which blacks have access tend to have fewer resources and offer lower quality care.

"The cancer is diagnosed in black at a later stage, the care they receive is often not so good. Black patients may rely less on their doctor, they can not pay it back, and hospitals that serve them, offer fewer resources" says study author Arden Morris, assistant professor of surgery at the UM Medical School and chief of general surgery at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Researchers recommend several policy changes, including expansion of public insurance systems more accessible to cancer treatment, especially for people of lower socioeconomic status.

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