Special Report

The Racial Divide in Cancer Deaths in Every State and D.C.


To identify the racial divide in cancer incidence and mortality, 24/7 Tempo reviewed the difference in age adjusted cancer mortality rates between black and white Americans in every state between 2012 and 2016 published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Vital Statistics System. Mortality rates (expressed as deaths per 100,000 people) for white and black state residents also came from the CDC.

Incidence and death data also came from the CDC and are for the period between 2012 and 2016, the most recent period for which data is available.

Population figures come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 American Community Survey.

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