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Cancer in African Americans: Gap closing for some sites; Widening for others
Date:2/5/2013

ng females of both races (1.5% and 1.4% per year, respectively). Other findings from the report:

  • About 176,620 new cancer cases and 64,880 cancer deaths are expected among African Americans in 2013.
  • The most commonly diagnosed cancers among African American men are prostate (37% of all cancers), lung (14%), and colon and rectum (10%).
  • Among African American women, the most common cancers are breast (33% of all cancers), lung (13%), and colon and rectum (11%).
  • African American males have higher incidence rates than whites for all cancers combined (15% higher) and for the most common cancers (including prostate, lung, colorectal, kidney, and pancreas).
  • African American females have lower overall incidence rates than whites for all cancers combined (6% lower) and for many cancers, including the two most common: breast and lung.
  • Cancer death rates remain 33% higher among African American men than white men, despite the larger declines among African American men in the most recent time period.
  • The cancer death rate among African American women is 16% higher than that among white women, despite a 6% lower cancer incidence rate.
  • The higher overall cancer death rates among African Americans compared to whites is due largely to higher death rates for cancers of the breast and colorectum in women and for cancers of the prostate, lung and bronchus, and colorectum in men.
  • The disparity in lung cancer death rates between African American and white men has been reduced by half overall (from an excess of 50% in 1990-1992 to 26% in 2005-2009) and has been eliminated in adults younger than age 40, likely reflecting faster declines in smoking prevalence among African Americans compared to whites.
  • African American men have historically had higher smoking prevalence than white men, though in recent years the rates have converged. African American women have generally had slightly lower smoking prevalence than white women o
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

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