Racial Disparities Persist With Childhood Cancers
The findings, published Sept. 30 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, are based on a database analysis of children in the United States who were diagnosed with cancer between 2004 and 2015.
The researchers found that nonwhite patients with childhood cancer had higher odds of dying from all cancers combined, leukemias and lymphomas, brain tumors and solid tumors.
Since the 1970s, 80% of kids with cancer survive at least five years, due to better care and new therapies. But poverty and lack of insurance have been barriers to the best care for nonwhite patients.
These children were more likely to be uninsured or covered by Medicaid. Lack of insurance can result in delayed care and worse survival.
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