California Cancer Patients Living Longer, But Racial And Ethnic Disparities Persist

Californians are living longer with most types of cancer, due to earlier detection and more effective treatments, according to research from the University of California-Davis. But despite improvement for all groups, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities continue, the report found.

Non-Latino whites had the highest survival rate, followed closely by Latinos. African-Americans had the lowest survival rate, despite a 10 percentage-point jump. The researchers drew from data on 1.4 million California adults diagnosed with 27 different kinds of cancer. They found that overall survival rates improved for patients with all but five types of cancer.

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