Facts about cancer in communities of color
- Cancer diagnosis and death rates in Hispanics have been dropping during the past decade. However, about 99,000 Hispanic/Latinos were diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and almost 29,000 died from the disease. Click here to see what ACS is doing.
- The good news is that Hispanics have lower rates of diagnosis for most common types of cancer compared to whites. However, Hispanics have higher rates of cancers associated with infection, such as uterine cervix and stomach. Click here to see what ACS is doing.
- The overall death rate for cancer continues to drop among African Americans. In fact, cancer death rates are dropping faster in African Americans than in whites. But with nearly 170,000 African Americans expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, and more than 65,000 expected to die from the disease, we can’t stop there. Click here to see what ACS is doing.
Why Minority Health Month is Important
A healthy family and healthy community starts with you! Cancer has a disproportionately high impact on communities of color and it’s up to each and every one of us to change the statistics and eliminate this gap. When you take everyday steps to reduce your personal cancer risk by avoiding tobacco, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting recommended cancer screening tests, not only does it help you stay well, but it inspires your family and friends to do the same. Together, we’ll use this month to raise awareness and reduce the risk of cancer in our communities.