Lung Cancer in Black Populations of the United States: Overview and Update

  • Kenneth Olden
  • Ki-Moon Bang
  • Sandra L. White
  • Barry Gause


In 1986 in the United States, 100,000 men and 49,000 women were expected to develop lung cancer according to an American Cancer Society (ACS) (1986) estimate. This represents about 15% of all cancer cases (22% in men and 11% in women); the incidence of lung cancer has been increasing at up to 10% per year since the 1930s (Cutler and Devesa 1973; Devesa and Silverman 1978). Among the major ethnic groups, Blacks have the highest overall incidence of lung cancer and American Indians the lowest. A recent report (Horm and Kessler 1986) indicated that the incidence of lung cancer in White men had dropped for the first time, from 82.7 per 100,000 in 1982 to 79.3 in 1983. For Black men, the incidence appeared to have increased slightly in this same period (Table 1). In 1983 the incidence for Black men was 125.3, 58% higher than that for White men. The incidence of lung cancer in both White and Black women had not shown any change during the previous decade, and Blacks had higher age-specific rates than Whites (National Cancer Institute [NCI] 1985).


Lung Cancer Small Cell Carcinoma American Cancer Society Black Population Large Cell Carcinoma 
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  • Kenneth Olden
  • Ki-Moon Bang
  • Sandra L. White
  • Barry Gause

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