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Lung cancer survival up, but not necessarily for minorities

Although overall lung cancer survival rates have improved, survival remains lower among those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

The Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” report shows that the overall five-year survival rate for lung cancer has climbed from 14.5% to 23.7%, but among communities of color it is 20%, and among Black individuals, 18%.

The 5-year survival rate is highest in Connecticut, at 28.8%, and lowest in Alabama, at 18.4%. Early diagnosis rates are highest in Massachusetts (30%) and lowest in Hawaii (19%). Massachusetts has the highest screening rate (17.8%), while California and Wyoming have the lowest (both 1%).

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