As an African American, the ratio or probability of illness is important to me as it should be for others of that physical make-up and background as it can play a huge role in our health condition. As is was prophetic saying goes, "A believer is not bitten from the same hole twice". (1) I would be the first to say that I do not trust the powers that be with my health but fact based stats do not lie. There has to be a reason why the cancer death rate is higher in African Americans more than any other ethnicity in the US.
Incidence Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Sex
According to cdc.org "Incidence rate” means how many people out of a given number get the disease each year. The graph below shows how many people out of 100,000 got cancer each year during the years 1999–2014. The year 2014 is the most recent year for which numbers have been reported. The cancer incidence rate is grouped by race and ethnicity.
The graph below shows that in 2014, among men, black men had the highest rate of getting cancer, followed by white, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN), and Asian/Pacific Islander (A/PI) men. Among women, white women had the highest rate of getting cancer, followed by black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women." (2)
Additionally the American Cancer Society reports "About 189,910 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed among blacks in 2016. The most commonly diagnosed cancers among black men are prostate (31% of all cancers), lung (15%), and colon and rectum (9%). Among black women, the most common cancers are breast (32% of all cancers), lung (11%), and colon and rectum (9%).
African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. A continuous reduction in cancer death rates in blacks since the early 1990s has resulted in more than 300,000 cancer deaths averted over the past two decades.
Death rates have dropped faster during the most recent time period in blacks than in whites for all cancers combined and for lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer (in women only). As a result, racial disparities for these cancers have narrowed. In contrast, the racial disparity has widened for breast cancer in women and remained constant for colorectal cancer in men, likely due to inequalities in access to care, including screening and treatment.
Cancer facts such as these are presented in this updated edition of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for African Americans. This publication provides updated cancer research facts about cancer among African Americans, including statistics on cancer occurrence, in-depth statistics on selected cancers, and risk factor statistics for African Americans, as well as information about prevention, early detection, and treatment."
In closing, all is worth a look seeing that we are always in the dark until we dig deep into the undisclosed motives of our US government. History speak for itself on the insidious actions towards people of color. Even without the help of the government we seem to harm our selves as well with poor diet and exercise.
1. Saheeh Bukhaaree & Muslim