Health disparities between races occur for many different reasons. Some are biological factors, such as family history, that cannot be changed. Other factors include socioeconomic status, education and access to healthcare.
- Death rates for all major causes of death are higher for African Americans than for whites, contributing to a lower life expectancy for both African American men and African American women.
- Cancer in African Americans is often detected at a later stage, often due to lack of access to quality healthcare.
- Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among men
- African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined
- African Americans have the highest rates of cancer in the world
- Prostate Cancer is 66% higher in African Americans than white males
- African Americans are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than white men
- African Americans are six times more likely to develop kidney failure from hypertension and account for 32% of all treated patients.
- African Americans are more likely to reject transplanted organs, and less likely to receive kidney transplants.
- Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic and racial group. Therefore, a lack of organs donated by minorities can contribute to death and longer waiting periods for organ matches.