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Breast Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity

The rate of women getting breast cancer or dying from breast cancer varies by race and ethnicity.

Incidence Rates by Race/Ethnicity

"Incidence rate" means how many women out of a given number get the disease each year. The graph below shows how many women out of 100,000 got breast cancer each year during the years 1999–2011. The year 2011 is the most recent year for which numbers have been reported. The breast cancer incidence rate is grouped by race and ethnicity.

The graph below shows that in 2011, white women had the highest rate of getting breast cancer, followed by black, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Female Breast Cancer
Incidence Rates* by Race and Ethnicity, U.S., 1999–2011

Line chart showing the changes in breast cancer incidence rates for women of various races and ethnicities.

Incidence source: Combined data from the National Program of Cancer Registries as submitted to CDC and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program as submitted to the National Cancer Institute in November 2013.
*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups – Census P25-1130). Incidence rates are for state registries that meet USCS publication criteria for all years, 1999–2011. Incidence rates cover about 99% of the U.S. population.
Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

Death Rates by Race/Ethnicity

From 1999–2011, the rate of women dying from breast cancer has varied, depending on their race and ethnicity. The graph below shows that in 2011, black women were more likely to die of breast cancer than any other group, followed by white, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Female Breast Cancer
Death Rates* by Race and Ethnicity, U.S., 1999–2011

Line chart showing the changes in breast cancer death rates for women of various races and ethnicities.

Mortality source: U.S. Mortality Files, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.
*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups – Census P25-1130). Death rates cover 100% of the U.S. population.
Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

 
Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Learn why. CDC Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns
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