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Despite decades of cancer treatment progress, black and white survival rates remain different: CDC

By Joshua Yap,

Despite years of improvements in cancer care, the disease still disproportionately kills black people, according to three sobering new reports from a study funded by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s findings on ovarian, breast and colon cancer survival, published in the journal Cancer, come at a time when reports show that that overall cancer death rates have declined every year since 1999 in the U.S.

It is important for people, no matter their race, to be proactive in their own healthcare, Dr. Sherri Stewart of the CDC, who is also an author of one of the reports, said in a statement issued to ABC News. This means looking up routine cancer screening schedules, getting educated on warning signs and symptoms, and advocating for access to primary care.


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