First, the bad news. Lung cancer kills more African Americans than any other type of cancer. And African Americans have higher rates of lung cancer than white Americans: for example, from 2003 to 2007, African American men had a 23 percent higher rate of new lung cancer diagnoses than white men. African Americans also have a lower five-year relative survival rate than whites. Furthermore, some studies have shown that African Americans with early-stage disease are less likely than whites to receive surgery, which offers the best chance for a cure.