The stats don't lie

For too long, we haven’t appropriately addressed the ways in which race impacts cancer and we haven't taken enough action with the data that we have on health disparities. We want to change that but first, we need to understand what health disparities are in the cancer space and why they exist.

The reality is Black people are disproportionately dying from cancer.


Black people have the highest mortality rate of any racial or ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers. Read that again. What’s more: 

  • Black women with cancer have a 13% higher mortality risk compared to white women, despite Black women having a 7% lower risk of cancer overall.
  • Black men have lower 5-year survival rates for lung, colon, and pancreatic cancers compared to white men.

But, this disparity is changing. The overall cancer mortality rate is changing faster in Blacks than in whites, mostly in 3 cancer types: lung, colon, and prostate.

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) also experience poor cancer outcomes.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among AIAN women and the second leading cause of death among AIAN men.

Cancer is a leading cause of death among Latinx people.

Although Latinx people are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer compared to all other racial/ethnic groups except Asian and Pacific Islanders, cancer is the leading cause of death among Latinas and the second leading cause of death among Latinos.