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.
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