Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans

About 202,260 new cancer cases and 73,030 cancer deaths are expected to occur among blacks in 2019. African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. Since 1990, however, the overall cancer death rate has dropped faster in blacks than whites among both men and women, largely driven by more rapid declines in blacks for cancers of the lung, colorectum, and prostate. As a result of this progress, the black-white disparity in cancer mortality has narrowed and more than 462,000 cancer deaths in blacks were avoided over the past 25 years. Cancer facts such as these are presented in the updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans. This publication also provides the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, survival, screening, and risk factors.

Suggested citation: American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans 2019-2021.

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Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans 2019-2021 is accompanied by “Cancer Statistics for African Americans, 2019,” a scientific paper published in the American Cancer Society journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.