Answer by Rhonda Mitchell:
According to the Centers for Disease Control the 10 leading causes of death among African Americans are:
1. Heart Disease
4. Unintentional Injuries
6. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
7. Kidney Disease
10. Alzheimer's Disease
When accounting for all cancers combined:
- Incidence rates are highest among black ( 554.5 ), followed by white ( 499.7 ), Hispanic* ( 393.5 ), Asian/Pacific Islander ( 310.1 ), and American Indian/Alaska Native ( 293.5 ) men.
- Death rates are highest among black ( 253.9 ), followed by white ( 203.2 ), Hispanic* ( 146.4 ), American Indian/Alaska Native ( 136.0 ), and Asian/Pacific Islander ( 126.2 ) men.
- Incidence rates are highest among white ( 414.8 ), followed by black ( 393.8 ), Hispanic* ( 324.2 ), Asian/Pacific Islander ( 279.8 ), and American Indian/Alaska Native ( 261.0 ) women.
- Death rates are highest among black ( 166.2 ), followed by white ( 143.4 ), Hispanic* ( 98.0 ), American Indian/Alaska Native ( 93.9 ), and Asian/Pacific Islander ( 91.1 ) women.
Cancer in American Indians and Alaska Nativesfound the following trends—
- Overall,were lower than for whites, but they were higher for cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix, kidney, and gallbladder.
- Cancer incidence rates among American Indian/Alaska Native people vary a great deal from one region to another, and are highest in Alaska and the Northern and Southern Plains, and lowest in the Southwest.
- For cancers of the breast and cervix, American Indian/Alaska Native women are less likely than white women to have their cancer found early.
Risk of having a stroke is twice as high for Blacks than it is for whites and Blacks are twice as more likely to die than whites.