According to the American Cancer Society, African Americans have the highest incidence, death rate and shortest survival time of any racial group in the U.S. for most cancers. The causes of these inequalities are complex and may include barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services.1
Multiple myeloma is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among African Americans. Multiple myeloma is the third most common blood cancer, but it disproportionately affects the African American community. In fact, African Americans are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with and die from multiple myeloma compared to Caucasian Americans.
Dr. Craig Cole, a cancer specialist from the University of Michigan Health Systems, recently spoke with BlackDoctor.org about the facts all African Americans need to know. He is joined by Cheryl Boyce, former Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and a MM patient.