Report shows wide racial disparities in health care

01/14/2005 | MSNBC

A new CDC report shows significant racial disparities in health care, indicating the number of years of life lost due to conditions including stroke, diabetes and perinatal diseases was three times greater for black Americans under 75 than for whites of the same age. Rates also were higher for blacks for some types of cancer, and the rates increased to 11 times higher for AIDS. Researchers suggest high-fat diets, smoking and poor access to health care are to blame for the disparities.

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