By addressing health disparities from socioeconomic issues that continue to be prevalent in the U.S., there could be an estimated 25% reduction in overall cancer death rates.

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A north-south divide can be seen in this example of health disparities. From Siegel RL, Jemal A, Wender RC, et al (2018). Data: Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Why it matters: The health care disparities caused by poverty, racism, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise, low-quality health care and lower education levels are creating "highly variable" outcomes in what is generally a 25-year decline in cancer death rates, Otis Brawley, the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer, tells Axios.

The college-educated American has a death rate from cancer that's far lower than that of the non-college educated American.
— Otis Brawley

What's new: Brawley, speaking to Axios about ACS' blueprint to reduce cancer rates by 2035 (they issued part 1 of 6 on Tuesday), said he had been aware of the long, ongoing issue of health disparities, but was struck by actual percentages.

By the numbers: Per ACS, if the death rate for people with at least a bachelor's degree were applied to everyone, there would be the following mortality decreases:

  • 59% in lung cancer
  • 32% in colorectal cancer
  • 19% in pancreatic cancer
  • 50% in liver cancer

The big picture: If all Americans had the same quality of care and the same levels of cancer risks that college graduates do, more than 150,000 of the estimated 610,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2018 might not occur, Brawley said.

Go deeper: Read ACS' report.

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Robert Mueller speaks out on Roger Stone commutation

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

Trump dons face mask during Walter Reed visit

Trump wearing a face mask in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 11. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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