Cancer Health Disparities | Did You Know?

[Music] Did You Know Video Series from
the National Cancer Institute– Cancer Health Disparities Did you know that certain
population groups in the United States suffer more
from cancer and its effects? This is called cancer
health disparities. These bars show the number of
new diagnoses and cancer deaths per 100,000 people for
all types of cancer. The lighter bar represents
the rate of new diagnoses and the darker bar is the
death rate from cancer. If we separate the numbers
by race, we see differences. Black men and women have
the highest rate of new diagnoses and the
highest cancer death rate. We can also see racial
differences by type of cancer. One example is
colorectal cancer. Black men and women have
the highest rates of new diagnoses and the
highest death rates. Black men also have higher
rates of prostate cancer. With more than double
the death rate than other races and ethnicities. And, if we look
at breast cancer, the most common
cancer among women, we see that black women have
the second highest rate of new diagnoses, but
the highest death rate. Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders have lower cancer rates than other
racial or ethnic groups for most common cancer sites. However, for liver cancer, Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders, along with American Indians
and Alaska Natives, have higher rates than other
racial or ethnic groups. While Hispanic women have
lower rates of many cancers, their rate of new diagnoses for
cervical cancer is higher than women of other racial
or ethnic groups. But, when we look at the
death rate, black women have the highest rate, followed
by American Indian and Alaska Native, and
then Hispanic women. Disparities in cancer rates
are also seen in people in low socioeconomic
groups and those living in geographically isolated areas. Lack of medical coverage,
barriers to early detection and screening, and unequal access to
improvements in cancer treatment may contribute to these
observed differences. Recent NCI-supported
research has found some underlying biological
differences that may contribute to
health disparities. For example, a particularly
aggressive form of breast cancer, the triple-negative
subtype, is more common among Black women than women of
other racial or ethnic groups. Research has also found gene
mutations that may contribute to disparities in colorectal cancer
among black men and women. More research can help uncover
some of these biological differences and
could lead to improved detection and treatment. Take steps that may
reduce your cancer risk: Eat well… Be active…
Don’t smoke or use tobacco… Get screened and talk with
your doctor about your risk. The Center to Reduce Cancer
Health Disparities serves as the cornerstone of NCI’s
efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our nation. For more information on
cancer health disparities, go to or
call 1-800-4-cancer. For more on cancer statistics,
go to

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    To learn more about health disparities and how NCI is addressing this issue, visit NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

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