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Study Finds Racial Disparities Persist in U.S. Hospitals

According to a recent study, blacks living in the U.S. are continuing to get inferior cancer treatment compared to the treatment that’s given to whites.

Conclusions from the study found that disparities that were first discovered in the 1990’s are continuing to persist, despite supposed efforts to diminish them.

Study Conducted

Researchers studied the types of treatments given to more than 143,000 Americans over the age of 65 for breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer from 1992 to 2002.

The study found that black patients were less likely than whites to receive the recommended types of treatment.

The problem was reportedly just as bad in 2002 as it was in 1992.

“What we found was that racial disparities did not change during that 10-year time interval,” reported Dr. Cary Gross from the Yale University School of Medicine.

Racial Issues Continue

Despite the publication of earlier studies involving racial disparities, the study revealed that there has been little progress in the past decade.

The study raises questions regarding whether racism still exists within the U.S. medical system or if the issue deals with other factors such as insurance.

“This sort of thing has been a problem in the United States for a long, long time,” explains Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

(Source: Reuters)

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