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Racial or Ethnic Variations

Note: The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 people in the United States.

All Cancers Combined, Men

  • In 2011, incidence rates were highest among black men (554.5), followed by white (499.7), Hispanic* (393.5), Asian/Pacific Islander (310.1), and American Indian/Alaska Native (293.5) men.
  • In 2011, death rates were highest among black men (253.9), followed by white (203.2), Hispanic* (146.4), American Indian/Alaska Native (136.0), and Asian/Pacific Islander (126.2) men.

All Cancers Combined, Women

  • In 2011, incidence rates were highest among white women (414.8), followed by black (393.8 ), Hispanic* (324.2), Asian/Pacific Islander (279.8), and American Indian/Alaska Native (261.0) women.
  • In 2011, death rates were highest among black women (166.2), followed by white (143.4), Hispanic* (98.0), American Indian/Alaska Native (93.9), and Asian/Pacific Islander (91.1) women.

Among Four Races and Hispanic Origin

  • American Indian/Alaska Native men have the lowest incidence rates of cancer; however, Asian/Pacific Islander men have the lowest death rates from cancer.
  • White women have the highest incidence rates of cancer; however, black women have the highest death rates from cancer.
  • American Indian/Alaska Native women have the lowest incidence rates of cancer and the second-lowest cancer death rates.

Note: Race- or ethnicity-specific rates are presented for all cancer sites combined.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/uscs.(full site)

*Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).

 
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