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Fighting Cancer Inequality: How to Make Sure Care Doesn't Discriminate

Among all racial and ethnic groups African-Americans have the highest mortality rate for cancer.

African-Americans have the highest mortality rate for all cancers combined. The disease is the second-leading cause of death among Native Americans over 45. Asian-Americans have the highest rates of liver and stomach cancers. While Hispanics and Latinos have lower incidence and death rates for most common cancers than whites, they are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of disease.

These are just some of the health disparities in cancer the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute is doing its part to tackle. Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss their work are Deputy Director of the UC Cancer Institute and Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at UC College of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Herzog; and UC College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Assistant Professor Dr. Maria Espinola.

Tune in to Cincinnati Edition July 19 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.

In 2005, Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, and fills in to host Cincinnati Edition. As time allows, she covers daily news, produces local features, and contributes news stories to National Public Radio.