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People of color with lung cancer face worse outcomes compared to white Americans: new report

People of color diagnosed with lung cancer face worse outcomes compared to white Americans, according to the American Lung Association’s 3rd annual “State of Lung Cancer” report in November 2020. This year’s report for the first time explores the lung cancer burden among racial and ethnic groups at the national and state levels.

Contributing to the worse outcomes faced by people of color, the report finds that people of color who are diagnosed with lung cancer are less likely to be diagnosed early, less likely to receive surgical treatment, and more likely to receive no treatment. Lack of access to quality and affordable healthcare is a key part of worse outcomes.

See “State of Lung Cancer’ Report Finds People of Color Face Greater Burden, Worse Lung Cancer Outcomes” on the American Lung Association website (November 17, 2020)

For more about the report, see “State of Lung Cancer 2020” from the American Lung Association.

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