Here is another unfortunate example of racial and economic inequities in our health care system:

Health Care Gap May Raise Rates of Colorectal Cancer Death in Blacks

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) — Unequal health care may explain why black colorectal cancer patients have a much higher death rate than white patients, a new U.S. study suggests.

Researchers analyzed national colorectal cancer death rates between 1960 and 2005. During that time, there was a 54 percent reduction in deaths among white women and only a 14 percent reduction among black women.

The disparity was even more striking among men. While the death rate for white men decreased 39 percent, the death rate for black men increased 28 percent, the researchers reported.

This HealthdayNews article I found on CancerCompass.com is short, but says a lot. Read the rest at Health Care Gap.

The “ever-widening racial gaps in overall and stage-specific survival” among colon cancer patients is disturbing. When will the “haves” in our country, who don’t think our health care system needs an overhaul, wake up and help out–ideally without government intervention. Our fellow American’s lives depend on it!

Feel good and keep smiling! Pat

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