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Opinion: Cancer death disparities are real, but so is the ability to do something about them

October 5, 2022
This was captured well waiting for the doctor who was busy at the time

Cancer is a relentless, vicious disease that continues to claim too many lives, and the troubling reality is that the toll is even worse for people of color. As a pastor, I have tried to bring comfort to grieving families who have lost a loved one to cancer, in many cases, because the disease was diagnosed too late to do anything about it. It does not have to be this way.  A combination of science and government may be able to do something about this disparity very soon — and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is leading the way. Research has shown that Black people have a disproportionately high mortality rate for many types of cancer. Studies show that people of color tend to have lower cancer screening rates and, thus, often have their cancers diagnosed at a later stage when treatment is far less effective.

Article Source: Maryland Matters

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