Cancer Death Rates Decrease Nationally
Deaths Among African American and Latino Men Had Biggest Drop
Cancer death rates have steadily declined among African-American and Latino men over the years, according to statistics released Wednesday by the American Cancer Society.
The ACS report that the two groups had the biggest drops in death rates, with a decline of 2.4% for African American males and 2.3% for Latino Males per year.
Despite the decrease, black men still have a 15% higher cancer incidence and 33% higher death rate compared with white men. Their counterparts—Black women—have a 6% lower cancer incidence rate compared with white women but still have a 16% higher death rate.
Nationally, cancer death rates have continued to drop among all racial and ethnic groups since 1999. For men, lung cancer accounted for the largest drop in death rates, while breast cancer deaths have declined the most among women. The study report cancers on the rise include tumors of the pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney as well as melanoma of the skin. Obesity may explain the increase in pancreas, liver and kidney cancers.