Article Content

From the National Cancer Institute (NCI):


* Racial disparities for many common cancers persist; however, the five-year survival rate for most cancer types has improved over the past 30 years among both blacks and whites:


From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF):


* The NCI reports that the incidence rate of thyroid cancer has significantly increased over nearly four decades, from 4.9 cases per 100,000 people in 1975 to 15.3 cases per 100,000 people in 2013. The USPSTF currently recommends against screening, however, citing inadequate evidence that palpation and ultrasound are accurate in assessing asymptomatic patients for the disease:


From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


* African American mortality rates have declined 25% since 1999 and are comparable to white mortality rates for those ages 65 years and older. Cost remains a barrier to care for younger African Americans, who are still more likely to have high blood pressure and to die from heart disease than whites in the same age groups:


From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:


* Preeclampsia and eclampsia diagnoses increased 21% from 2005 to 2014. Black women had a 60% higher rate than white women: The USPSTF recommends screening for preeclampsia throughout pregnancy (