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American Indians, Alaskan Natives experienced shorter cancer survival, even with equal access to care

November 21, 2014

Cancer survivors of American Indian or Alaskan Native descent demonstrated poorer rates of 5- and 10-year cancer survival than non-Hispanic whites even when they had equal access to health care, according to study results presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved in San Antonio.

Marc A. Emerson, MPH, cancer research training award fellow in the division of cancer control and population sciences at the NCI, and colleagues used Kaiser Permanente Northern California electronic health records to collect data on 1,022 American Indians and Alaskan Natives diagnosed with primary invasive cancer between 1997 and 2012.

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