Racial Disparity in Cancer Deaths

The Medical College of Wisconsin is looking for ways to fight racial disparity in cancer deaths in the state. Black residents in Wisconsin get cancer at a 22 percent higher rate than do white residents, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Factors leading to cancer disparities for African Americans include stress, income, lifestyle and poor diet. Biological differences and medical access also contribute. The Milwaukee college has launched a program offering free prostate screenings for black men. The program also provides community education about cancer screening.