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Warnecke has a federal grant to study health disparities in women with breast cancer, but he can’t get access to the government data collected on breast cancer in his state.
Illinois collects detailed data on breast cancer cases, and along with other states, and reports it to a federal registry.
“I have a center for population health and health disparities that’s funded by the National Cancer Institute, and we’re studying breast cancer, and it’s difficult,” Warnecke says. “I can get data more easily from seven other states than I can from my state, and there’s something wrong with that.”