From [HERE] When Ulysses B. Hammond was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his first thought was that he could wait to deal with it. After all, the doctor said it would spread slowly. That reaction is typical for men - especially African American men like Hammond - and it plays a role in explaining why they have the highest cancer death rate in Connecticut and in the nation.
The death rate for African-American men and women nationally - 207.7 per 100,000 people - is more than 20 percent higher than the rate for whites, according to 2009 data, the most recent available from the National Cancer Institute. Connecticut's rate is 179.3 for blacks and 167.8 for whites. The numbers for African-American men alone are even more striking. Nationally, their death rate is 274.7, compared to 209.8 for white men.