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Black patients with lung cancer being diagnosed too late for a cure

A cure no longer exists for some of these patients at stage 3 and 4

“The options for surgery during later stages of lung cancer are pretty limited,” says Illinois cancer surgeon Shaina Rozell. “You do surgery at stage one or stage two, but most of these patients, they’re presenting at stage three or stage four. So the potential for cure no longer exists for these patients.”

“Because of that you see a major disparity between African Americans and non-African Americans in being diagnosed and having surgeries. Unfortunately, because of that, we’re diagnosing these lung cancer cases at later stages.”

A 1-minute video from MD Newsline. 

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