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Racial Gaps in Breast Cancer Death Rates Still Rising

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Researchers say the racial gap in breast cancer deaths continues to widen in Chicago. That’s according to data released today by the Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.

The breast cancer mortality rates for black women and white women were equal in 1980. Since then, the numbers started to show a racial gap, one that has continued to grow. Mortality rates for black women were 116 percent higher than white women in 2005.

Dr. Steve Whitman co-authored the report.

WHITMAN: We have a broken health care system that delivers good healthcare to people if they’re white and rich. But won’t deliver those services to women who are black and poor.

Whitman says the racial gap in Chicago is far worse than the national average.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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