Pa. minority communities fare worse when it comes to lung cancer survival rates

Written by on November 17, 2020

Pa. minority communities fare worse when it comes to lung cancer survival rates 

By Brittany Sweeney

November 17, 2020

Senior patient looking through window at hospital

Pennsylvania’s minority communities fare worse than the majority when it comes to lung cancer survival rates, according to a new study.

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The American Lung Association released the “State of Lung Cancer” report today.

It shows the average survival rate for lung cancer in Pennsylvania rose to about 24%.

Molly Pisciottano is the American Lung Association Director of Advocacy for Pennsylvania.

She says while this is good news, there are significant racial disparities in those numbers that need to be addressed.

“While the survival rate for Pennsylvanians for lung cancer is above average, black Pennsylvanians are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than white Pennsylvanians, and Asian Americans in Pennsylvania are 21% less likely to receive an early diagnosis.”

Pisciottano adds that although this is the third year for the report, it’s the first time they are highlighting racial and ethnic disparities among lung cancer patients.

She says more screenings need to be done to reduce the burden.

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