Liver cancer survival rates may be worse for blacks
From- Business Week
MONDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans with early-stage liver cancer are more likely to die of the disease than Asian, Hispanic or white patients, say researchers.
The team at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, analyzed U.S. National Cancer Institute data about 13,244 patients diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 liver cancer between 1995 and 2006.
There were 6,316 white patients, 3,022 Asian patients, 2,230 Hispanic patients, 1,397 black patients, and 279 patients classified as “other.” Five-year survival rates were: 22 percent for Asian patients, 18.2 percent for white patients, 17.1 percent for “other” patients, 15.2 percent for Hispanic patients, and 12.2 percent for black patients.
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