Black women had a 44 percent higher rate of breast cancer death than their white counterparts, according to the National Cancer Institute. Blacks accounted for 44 percent of new HIV cases in 2010, an infection rate eight times higher than that of whites. According to the American Heart Association, black Americans are nearly twice as likely to have a first stroke and much more likely to die from one than whites.
But there’s one place where black Americans appear to be living longer than whites. A new study out in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association, shows that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the nation’s largest integrated health care system, found that the adjusted mortality rate of black Americans was 24 percent lower than their white counterparts.
“We thought we were going to show they do the same if the same care is offered to both groups. But we found blacks do even better,” the senior author Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, a nephrologist and epidemiologist at UC Irvine, told The Los Angeles Times. “This is a paradox within a paradox.”