For reasons that are not understood, black Americans have about a 33% higher death rate for all cancers than white Americans, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
But the disparity is shrinking. Both incidence and mortality decreased more for African Americans throughout the 1990s than for whites, said the ACS in its annual compilation of statistics, Cancer Facts & Figures 2002, released in January.
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