A new report by the American Lung Association, Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans, highlights once again that despite decades of advances in medical technology and research, improvements in health have not been equally distributed by income, race, ethnicity, education, and geography.
When it comes to lung cancer, race and ethnicity truly determine who lives or dies. Despite lower smoking rates, African Americans suffer from lung cancer more than any other population group in the United States. African American men are 37% more likely to develop lung cancer and 22% more likely to die from the disease than white men. Blacks are also more likely to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage, to wait longer after diagnosis to receive treatment, to refuse treatment, and to die in the hospital after surgery.
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Director, Health Promotion & Public Policy
American Lung Association in Massachusetts