Breast cancer deaths for Chicago blacks double that of whites, data show
Paul Conneally | October 24, 2008 at 03:33 pmby
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Death rates from breast cancer for black women in Chicago are double those of white women. This is a shocking revelation especially given that back in 1980 the figures were equal.
In 1980, black women and white women in Chicago with breast cancer were equally likely to die.
Since then, death rates for white patients have improved dramatically. But that is not the case for their African-American counterparts, who are now dying at a rate 116 percent higher than whites, according to data released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.
Moreover, the gap has widened. Last year, the group analyzed data through 2003 and found a 68 percent higher death rate for black women. The latest study, conducted by researchers at Sinai Urban Health Institute, looked at vital records through 2005, obtained from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Experts say genetics or biology alone cannot explain the difference. The racial gap in Chicago was twice that of the United States and sevenfold that of New York City.
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