Prostate cancer is higher among Black men

The American Cancer Society reports that cancer rates are 5 percent higher among Black men compared to White men and 79 percent higher than for Asian American/Pacific Islanders.

Overall, the incidence is higher in Black men because of prostate cancer, which is 70 percent higher than in White men, three times higher than among Asian American/Pacific men, and two times higher than in Hispanic men.

Prostate cancer develops more often in African American men and in Caribbean men of African ancestry than in men of other races. And when it does develop in these men, they tend to be younger.

Prostate cancer occurs less often in Asian American and Hispanic/Latino men than in non-Hispanic whites.

The reasons for these racial and ethnic differences are not clear.

Prostate cancer is most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and on Caribbean islands. It is less common in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America.

American Cancer reports that cancer is the second-leading cause after heart disease.