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Racial Inequalities of Liver Cancer Mortality Increase After Introduction of Hepatitis C Drugs

Racial inequalities of the mortality rate from liver cancer in the United States steadily increased from 1998-2016 after the introduction of lifesaving drugs for the hepatitis C virus in 1998, according to a recent study published in EClinical Medicine.

The researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine examined racial inequalities in the mortality rate from liver cancer before and after the introduction of these drugs, noting that the rate was declining from 1979-1998.

“We observed steady increases in racial inequalities in mortality from liver cancer after the licensure of lifesaving drugs for hepatitis C virus in the United States,” senior author Charles H. Hennekens, MD, DrPH, said in a press release.

Of the 16,770 deaths from liver cancer among black patients, the excess relative to white patients increased from 27.8%…

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