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Insurance Status Helps Explain Racial Disparities in Cancer Diagnosis

Women have the best odds of surviving breast cancer if their disease is caught at an early stage, when treatments are most likely to succeed. Major strides have been made in the early detection of breast cancer in recent years. But not all populations have benefited equally, with racial and ethnic minorities still more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage breast cancer than non-Hispanic whites. Given that the week began with Martin Luther King Day, I thought this week’s Tuesday blog would be particularly appropriate to address a leading example of health disparities.

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