Although both new cancer cases and cancer death rates are declining for both whites and African Americans, incidence and death rates continue to remain higher for blacks in the United States than for whites. African American men are one-third more likely to die of cancer than whites, black women 16 percent more likely.
While five-year survival for white Americans with colon or rectal cancer is 65 percent, it is only 56 percent for blacks. Blacks have poorer survival chances at every stage of colorectal cancer, including the earliest stages where cancer has not begun to spread.
Compared to lung, prostate,and breast cancer where the disparity gaps in death rates are narrowing, differences in colorectal cancer mortality are growing. Read the rest of this entry »