Fewer African Americans Are Dying Of Cancer

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The racial disparity for cancer deaths is narrowing.

This according to a new report from the American Cancer Society published Thursday.

The gap between the amount of blacks and whites dying from cancer is getting smaller.

The report shows overall cancer death in blacks compared with whites dropped from 47 percent in 1990 to 19 percent in 2016 for men.

For women, that number fell from 19 percent to 13 percent.

The biggest declines were in three of the four most common forms of cancer – lung, prostate, and colorectal.

While African-Americans still have the highest death rate from cancer, that statistic is falling faster among blacks than whites.

Experts say the reason behind the dramatic decline is that more blacks have quit smoking over the last few decades. 

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