“Cancer is still a leading cause of death in the United States, but advances in radiation, chemotherapy and targeted treatments have improved survival, the researchers said.
” ‘Although survival rates for most cancers have improved over the past few decades, the improvements were less remarkable among elderly patients,’ said lead researcher Dr. Wei Zheng, co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.
“The study also found differences in survival based on race. Overall, blacks had poorer survival than whites. Black women with ovarian cancer experienced a decrease in survival over the past two decades for unknown reasons, he said.
” ‘Black Americans experienced poorer survival than whites for all cancers during the study period,’ Zheng said.”