African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. Although the overall racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, in 2007 the death rate for all cancers combined continued to be 32% higher in African American men and 16% higher in African American women than in white men and women, respectively.

About 168,900 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed among African Americans in 2011. The most common of these among African American men are prostate (40%), lung (15%), and colon and rectum (9%). Among African American women, the most common cancers are breast (34%), lung (13%), and colorectum (11%).

Cancer facts such as these are presented in this updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans. This publication provides updated cancer research facts about cancer among African Americans, including statistics on cancer occurrence, in-depth statistics on selected cancers, and risk factor statistics for African Americans, as well as information about prevention, early detection, and treatment.

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Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans publications are available for free download as full-text PDF files here:

Cancer Facts & Figures For African Americans 2013-2014 (PDF)
Cancer Facts & Figures For African Americans 2011-2012 (PDF)
Cancer Facts & Figures For African Americans 2009-2010 (PDF)
Cancer Facts & Figures For African Americans 2007-2008 (PDF)
Cancer Facts & Figures For African Americans 2005-2006 (PDF)