Study Links Segregation and Lung Cancer Deaths in Blacks
Lack of access to health care is driving factor.
A study published in JAMA Surgery this week has found a link between segregation and lung cancer in Blacks.
It says that blacks in more segregated areas may be less likely to have health insurance or access to health care and specialty doctors. The study drew from data taken from 2003 to 2007 and segregation data from about a third of United States counties that had African-American populations large enough to measure. About 28 percent of Americans live in counties with low segregation, 40 percent in counties with moderate segregation and 32 percent in counties with high segregation.
Blacks have the highest incidence of it and are also more likely to die from it. For every million black males, 860 will die from lung cancer, compared with 620 among every million white males.