Racial gap persists in cancer treatment

January 7, 2008 2:44:56 PM PST
Little has been done over the last decade to correct racial disparities in cancer treatment.

In a study published in the journal Cancer, researchers tracked 143,000 cancer patients between 1992 and 2002. They found African-American cancer patients were consistently less likely to get recommended treatments compared to white patients.

A similar study was done in the early 1990's, and although some doctors made efforts to correct the problem, not much progress has been made.

Researchers say societal racism is likely a large factor, but that socio-economic reasons such as less access to proper care may also be factors.