Study: Alabama's Blacks Have Higher Death Rate Than Whites
March 5, 2003
Black people in Alabama have higher death rates than whites for illnesses that include AIDS, prostate cancer and diabetes, according to a study from the state Department of Health. The study, which covered 1998 to 2000, found the death rate for AIDS was seven times higher among blacks than whites. The report also found deep racial disparities in the life expectancy of Alabama residents. White people tend to live more than three years longer than black people, or 75.5 years compared to 72.2 years. Blacks also had about double the death rates of white people for prostate cancer, diabetes, septicemia and kidney disease, according to the study. Many of the disparities may be due to poor access to health care, a problem that is much worse in rural parts of Alabama, said Gwin Lipscomb of the health department's minority health office. Kathryn Chapman, a health analyst for the department, said the study will be published in the Alabama Atlas of Racial Disparities in Mortality, which will issue the first comprehensive comparison of death rates between races in the state.Adapted from:
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