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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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Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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Race and technology in America

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The technology industry is famously determined to change the world — but its efforts to diversify its workforce and remove bias from its products haven't changed nearly enough.

Biden: "Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been"

President Biden speaks during the 40th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitolon Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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