According to a new report of the American Cancer Society, black men and women are more likely to die from uterine, breast and prostate cancer than those of other races. Overall, cancer deaths have fallen 33% since 1991, the data shows.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 609,820 people will die from cancer this year. The report also shows that black men are two to three times more likely to die from prostate cancer than any other racial group. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.
Rates have increased by 3% each year after decades of decline, a trend that started in 2014. One of the reasons for this occurrence is that doctors catch cases of prostate cancer at a more advanced stage, making the disease more difficult to treat.
In addition, there are serious racial disparities in breast and uterine cancer. Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Black women also have the highest mortality rates from uterine cancer. While black women are less likely to be diagnosed with uterine and breast cancer than white women, this shocking disparity still exists.
Despite these discouraging data, significant progress has been made. Between 2012 and 2019, there was a 65% decrease in cervical cancer in women. This fact shows how effective the HPV vaccine has been. The American Cancer Society has also reported that it is working to reduce the rise in prostate cancer.
The organization launches the initiative IMPACT, which stands for Improving Mortality from Prostate Cancer Together. The initiative includes research, patient assistance and advocacy programs. The report also stated that there has been some success in developing treatment strategies to improve the life expectancy of women with uterine cancer.
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