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

ver the past two decades.
  • Smoking prevalence among high school students is markedly lower among African Americans than whites. As of 2011, 14% of African American high school boys and 7% of African American girls smoked cigarettes, compared to 22% of white boys and 19% of white girls.
  • Despite similar mammography screening rates, only about half (51%) of breast cancers diagnosed among African American women are diagnosed at a local stage, compared with 61% among white women. The difference has been largely attributed to a lower frequency of and longer intervals between mammograms, and a lack of timely follow-up of suspicious results.
  • Incidence rates for colorectal cancer are 23% higher in African American men and 22% higher in African American women compared with white men and women, respectively, and death rates are 53% higher in African American men and 46% higher in African American women, reflecting differences in risk factors, screening, and treatment. In 2010, 56% of African Americans aged 50 and older were up to date on guideline-recommended colorectal screening compared with 62% of whites.
  • Overweight and obesity are more common among African American women and girls than white women and girls, while there is less racial disparity among men and boys. Fifty-nine percent of African American women and 25% of African American girls are obese compared to 33% of white women and 15% of white girls.


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  • Contact: David Sampson
    david.sampson@cancer.org
    American Cancer Society
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