Cancer will become the leading cause of death in the U.S. by 2030 according to a newly released report from The American Society of Clinical Oncology. That would mean nearly a 45% increase in cancer cases from the present 1.6 million up to 2.3 million.
In an interview with CNN, Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, highlights the disparities that exist for minorities when it comes to cancer outcomes, and points to the rising price of cancer care as a major factor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report:
- Among U.S. men, across all cancers, the rate of new cases is highest among black men, followed by white, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native men
- Death rates are highest among black men, followed by white, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander men
- Among U.S. women, across all forms of cancer, the rate of new cases is highest among white women, followed by black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women
- Death rates are highest among black women, followed by white, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander women.
When looking at specific cancers:
- Breast cancer has a higher incidence rate for white women, but black women are more likely to die from the disease.
- There is a higher incidence rate for prostate cancer for black men compared to white men. Black men are also twice as likely to die from the disease compared to white men.
- The most common cancers for Asian Americans are liver and stomach cancers.
As a community-based healthcare organization, it is an important part of Adventist HealthCare’s mission to reduce health disparities by making valuable healthcare services available to those who need it most.
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