Published on June 17, 2022
TUESDAY, June 14 (The Washington Post) — About 1.9 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2022, according to the American Cancer Society.
The most common type will be breast cancer, with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimating that 290,560 new cases will be diagnosed this year. Prostate and lung cancers are the next most common. Deaths from cancer have been on the decline, however — falling 27 percent in the past two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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This week is recognized as National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week. We want to bring attention to the disproportionate burden Black Americans face when it comes to cancer. Black Americans have the highest mortality rates of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for all cancers combined and for the most major cancers, including breast, colorectal and prostate. These disparities are largely driven by social, economic and environmental disadvantages that make living healthy lives more difficult for Black Americans.