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Racial disparities in cancer detection, early death rates


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Rates of early death from gynecologic cancers were higher among Black women compared with women of other races and ethnicities, recent data show.

The largest disparity in early death was for tubo-ovarian cancer, with a 14.5% rate for Black women vs. a 6.4% rate for Asian women.

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Rates of early death from gynecologic cancers were higher among Black women compared with women of other races and ethnicities, recent data show. Image: Adobe Stock

“Studies have repeatedly shown that disparities have persisted throughout the last 2 decades in diagnosis, treatment and survival among cases of uterine, tubo-ovarian and cervical cancers,” Matthew W. Lee, MD, an OB/GYN in the division of gynecologic oncology at the University of Southern California, and colleagues wrote. “Studies suggest that disparities are likely due to a multifactorial etiology of decreased survival in certain racial groups reflective of not only health care-specific factors, but also socioeconomic, environmental, systemic and even biologic factors.”

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