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The Racial Inequality in Cancer Deaths

06 January 2018

The decline follows a trend that began in 1991, resulting in almost 2.4 million fewer cancer deaths in the years since.

"Advancing the fight against cancer for all citizens requires broader application of existing cancer control knowledge, including smoking cessation and the increased uptake of cancer-preventing cervical and colorectal cancer screening and HPV vaccination, across all segments of the population, with an emphasis on disadvantaged groups", researchers conclude in the report.

The most common cancers in men include prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, amounting to 42 percent of all diagnoses, while women most frequently face breast, lung and colorectal cancer.

Deaths due to prostate cancer were more than halved between 1989 and 2015, declining 52 percent.

For more youthful individuals, "incongruities are enormous", Jemal said.

Cancer also continues to affect men and women differently.

One area of concern exemplifying the racial mortality gap can be seen in outcomes for breast cancer.

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In their annual statistical report, cancer society researchers analyzed mortality data through 2015 from the National Center for Health Statistics, and incidence data through 2014 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program; the National Program of Cancer Registries; and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.

For women, breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed form, accounting for 30 percent of all new cancer cases.

Yet, as rates of liver cancer diagnoses stabilize in men, they continue to climb quickly for women. The NCI is undertaking its largest-ever study on the topic to delve into how genetic and biological factors contribute to risk.

The good news, Goler Blount said, is more than 90 percent of black women are now insured following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The recent numbers continue a decreasing trend dating back to the early 90's.

New cancer cases are still predicted to affect more than 1.7 million people in 2018, but as smoking falls out of fashion and detection and treatment technologies improve, the USA can expect to see survival rates continue to improve.

Lung cancer is among the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and certainly the most deadly.

The Racial Inequality in Cancer Deaths