5. The pandemic made cancer disparities worse

Data: Fu, et al., 2022, “Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes Among Black and White Patients With Cancer"; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Health disparities among cancer patients — a known ongoing issue in America — were exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.

The latest: A study out earlier this week of 3,506 cancer patients shows "significantly higher COVID-19 severity" among African American than white cancer patients, bolstering similar findings from an earlier 2020 study of 73.4 million electronic health records.

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