Black Americans have more problems with disease than do other ethnic groups. Their problems include both the prevalence of certain medical conditions as well as difficulties with diagnosis and treatment. A number of diseases affect black Americans more than the rest of the population.
Diseases such as obesity, hypertension, coronary vascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer are more prevalent, says Dr. Wesley McNeese, associate professor of internal medicine at SIU School of Medicine. He explains how one cancer is more severe in African-Americans.
Dr. McNeese says most cancers in African-Americans are generally discovered at more advanced stages.