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Cancer Disparity Statistics in South Carolina

Research from the Medical University of South Carolina confirms the racial – as well as the economic and regional – disparities in cancer detection, incidence, and mortality in the Palmetto State:

  • African-American women are about 60 percent more likely than white women to die from breast cancer after diagnosis. That is the largest disparity in the nation.
  • African-American men are almost 80 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than white men, and about two and a half (2.5) times more likely to die from it.
  • African-American women are far more likely to be diagnosed and die from cervical cancer even though screening rates are similar to those of white women.
  • African-American men are 44 percent more likely to be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers, which make up the majority of head and neck cancers; nationally, the disparity is 18 percent.
  • African-American men and women are significantly more likely to have and die of colorectal cancer than are white men and women.
  • Incidence and mortality rates from esophageal cancer are twice as high-–and sometimes greater-–among African-Americans.

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