Saint Louis University is launching a new initiative to try to fight cancer in minorities.
The SLU Center for Cancer Prevention, Research and Outreach will work with community organizations to improve cancer outcomes for African Americans living in North St. Louis City and County.
The initiative will initially focus on breast and prostate cancer.
A new project in north St. Louis aims to lower breast cancer death rates for women of color.
Washington University sociologist Sarah Gehlert says even though nationwide white women are more likely to get breast cancer, black women are about 35 percent more likely to die of the disease.
She says in St. Louis that number is closer to 60 percent.
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