Minorities are less likely to get acute leukemia

09/23/2011 | HealthDay News

Despite having a lower risk of developing acute leukemia, blacks had a 17% higher risk of dying from the condition than whites, while Hispanics had a 12% higher death risk if they do develop the disease, a study found. "Socioeconomic factors and access to care may be playing an important role," lead author Manali I. Patel said. The study was based on the records of almost 41,000 acute leukemia patients from 1998 to 2008.

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