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Blacks With Rectal Cancer 23% Less Likely To Get Chemotherapy Than Whites

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Blacks with rectal cancer are 23 percent less likely to get chemotherapy than whites, even when they see a cancer specialist, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

They also found that blacks were 12 percent less likely to get radiation therapy than whites. The study is the latest to show that blacks in the United States get less treatment for cancer than whites and are more apt to die from their cancers.

Both blacks and whites in the study saw cancer specialists at about the same rate, suggesting that reasons other than access to a specialist may be playing a role.


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