Black Patients Less Likely To Receive Lung Cancer Surgery In Segregated Neighborhoods

A new study released by the AACR shows that black patients in segregated communities are less likely to receive lung cancer surgery.

The AACR team conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients diagnosed with non–small cell lung cancer surgery (NSCLC), one of the most common forms of lung cancer, over a period of nine years, between January 2000 and December 2009.

Lead author of the research, Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, MPH, said,  “Instead of solely looking at health disparities between white and black patients, our study focused on differences in survival among black patients resulting from different levels of neighborhood segregation.”

The study found out that about 65 percent of black men and women, who live in segregated neighborhoods, have very low chance of receiving NSCLC surgery compared to those in the less segregated communities. The study noted that patients who undergo NSCLC surgery could survive for more than five years, but most patients who don’t get the surgery die within a year.

Johnson said, “We suspect the combination of poverty and segregation likely restricts access to quality medical care. Many health disparities are likely a product of structural disparities in the U.S. with deep roots in social and political systems.”

Although the times of official segregation are gone, US government still is trying to promote it in our communities. As the result segregated communities practically don’t receive any governmental or medical care.

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