The association's "State of Lung Cancer 2020" report also found that people of color often have worse lung cancer outcomes than their white counterparts: Early diagnosis rates were 16% lower among Black people and 13% lower among Latinx people compared with white individuals, the rate of surgical treatment was 19% lower among Black and indigenous people compared with white counterparts, and Latinx people had 39% higher rates of having no treatment at all compared with white patients.
Finally, the report found geographical variations in screening rates, with highest screening incidence in Massachusetts (18.5%), Vermont (13.8%), and New Hampshire (12.1%), and lowest in New Mexico (1.6%), California (1.2%), and Nevada (1%).
"The [report] highlights that too many people are being left behind when it comes to making progress against lung cancer," ALA president and CEO Harold Wimmer said in a statement released by the association. "We must all do more to address lung cancer, for all communities."
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