Study finds racial disparity in breast cancer deaths

Wichita was ranked 23rd in a study of large U.S. cities with racial disparities in breast cancer mortality.

The study released by the Avon Foundation for Women analyzed the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. from 1990 to 2009, looking at breast cancer mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white women. It was published in the journal “Cancer Epidemiology.”

Cities with the greatest number of deaths because of the disparity included Chicago, New York City, Memphis, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, according to the study.

Kansas City and Denver also made the list.

In Wichita, blacks had breast cancer mortality rates that varied from 1.5 to 2 times that of white women between 1995 and 2009, according to the study. The ratio was lower in the years analyzed prior to 1995.

The study concluded that 1,710 black women die on average each year in the U.S. largely because of racial disparities in screening and treatment for breast cancer.

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