ACS Studies Cancer Rates in Blacks of Different National Origins

American Cancer Society


Possessing more than three decades of experience as an otolaryngologist, Dr. Angelo Consiglio specializes in ear, nose, and throat treatment at his private practice in Jackson County, Florida. When he isn’t caring for patients in his clinic, Angelo Consiglio, MD, supports a number of charitable organizations committed to ending chronic diseases, such as the American Cancer Society.

A recent study featured by the American Cancer Society compared the rates of cancer among black individuals born in the United States versus those who are native to Africa. Researchers found that the differences in genetics, culture, and socio-environmental factors represent an untapped area of research that could shed more light into how they affect the cancer burden among Africans and African Americans.

For example, blacks born in sub-Saharan Africa showed a higher rate of cancers that develop from infections compared to American-born blacks, such as liver cancer and Kaposi sarcoma, and also cancers that develop in the blood such as leukemia. Conversely, black men born in sub-Saharan Africa were less likely to develop cancer as a result of smoking, and also less likely to develop colorectal cancer.