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What Are the Leading Causes of Death Amongst African Americans?



In a published article by americanprogress.org about healthy disparities by race and ethnicity, they list out a few disturbing facts about the leading causes of death among African Americans and more.

  • The leading causes of death among African Americans are heart disease, cancer, and accidents.

  • African Americans have the highest mortality rate for all cancers combined compared with any other racial and ethnic group.

  • There are 11 infant deaths per 1,000 live births among Black Americans. This is almost twice the national average of 5.8 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • 11.4 per 100,000 African American men and 2.8 per 100,000 of African American women die by suicide.

Read more at americanprogress.org

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