Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chadwick Boseman: a tale of two cancers in America
“Separated by less than a month (Boseman on August 28th and Ginsburg on September 18th) and both due to gastrointestinal cancers (Boseman had colon cancer and Ginsburg had pancreatic cancer), the situations of Ginsburg’s and Boseman’s deaths is emblematic of the racial disparity in American health outcomes. Boseman was African American/Black and was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer at the age of 39 while Ginsburg was Jewish/White and fought three separate primary cancers of different stages in multiple bouts – colon, lung, and pancreatic – starting at the age of 66.”
Adeel Khan is a hematology-oncology fellow.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Chadwick Boseman: a tale of two cancers in America.” (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/10/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-chadwick-boseman-a-tale-of-two-cancers-in-america.html)