US Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy

U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy

But they're still more likely to die from the

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, July 18 (HealthDay News) — Despite a significant increase in life expectancy in recent decades, black Americans still die almost four years earlier than white Americans do, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The disparity is largely due to higher death rates from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, murder and stroke, according to statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Disparities were larger in the past,” said report author Ken Kochanek, a CDC statistician. “The increase in life expectancy has been faster for the black population than the white population, so the gap has been getting smaller. It’s 3.8 years in 2010. In 1970, it was

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