Deaths from lung cancer made a 45 percent decline among men and 19 percent among women.
The smaller gap for the older black population is partly due to universal health care access for seniors through Medicare, says Ahmedin Jemal, vice president of the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society and a co-author on the report.
Cancers of the breast, prostate and colon and rectum are also down steeply. However, according to an annual report from the American Cancer Society released Thursday, many young and middle-aged black Americans are not reaping equal benefits from improved cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. While the diminishment in cigarette smoking has pushed down death rates, "tobacco stays by a long shot the main source of malignancy passings today, in charge of nearly 3 of every 10 tumor passings".
Yet 4,700 Americans are diagnosed with cancer every day and cancer remains the No. 2 cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease.
Cancer mortality in the USA, in terms of deaths per 100,000 population after adjustment for age, fell 1.7% from 2014 to 2015, according to a statistical report from the American Cancer Society.
The country's general tumor demise rate declined 1.7 percent in 2015, the most recent sign of relentless, long haul advance against the infection, as per another report by the American Cancer Society. Be that as it may, it's the main executioner in many states and among Hispanic and Asian Americans, the report noted.More news: Erdogan: US verdict part of serious plot chain against Turkey
And while cancer deaths continue to decline among all ethnic groups, gaping disparities still exist.
The demise rate dropped 39 percent from 1989 to 2015 for female bosom disease and 52 percent from 1993 to 2015 for prostate tumor.
According to the report, men a slightly more likely to develop a form - most commonly, prostate, lung and colorectal - of cancer than women.
The reduction in prostate cancer incidence may be attributed to decreased PSA testing from 2008 to 2013, after concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
In both sexes, 8 percent of deaths are from colon and rectal cancer. Breast cancer alone represents 30 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women. Cancer death rates were not statistically different by race in Kentucky and West Virginia, for example, but were the highest of all states for whites.