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Death Rates and Race
from AP News
Entered into the database on Thursday, March 10th, 2005 @ 01:34:15 MST


Untitled Document ASHINGTON, March 9 (AP) - Middle-aged black men are dying at nearly twice the rate of white men of a similar age, reflecting lower incomes and poorer access to health care, a study has found.

While longevity for both blacks and whites has improved over the past 40 years, the gap between the races has narrowed little, Dr. David Satcher, a former surgeon general, said in a paper published in the journal Health Affairs.

The death rate for black men ages 45 to 54 was 1,060 per 100,000 in 2000, compared with a rate of 503 for white men. In 1960 the rates were 1,625 for black men and 932 for white men.