*The American Cancer Association last week released its most comprehensive report to date examining lung cancer among African Americans and called for greater efforts to eliminate the lung cancer death disparity between Blacks and whites. The study is titled Too Many Cases, Too Many Deaths: Lung Cancer in African Americans.
Among the surprise conclusions of the report are despite lower smoking rates, African Americans are more likely to develop and die of lung cancer than whites, African American men are 37 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than white men, even though their overall exposure to cigarette smoke – the primary risk factor for lung cancer – is lower and African Americans are more likely to wait longer after diagnosis to receive treatment, to refuse treatment, and to die in the hospital after surgery. www.LungUSA.org. (source: Taylor Media Services)