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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 2010, incidence rates were highest among black men (553.2), followed by white (495.2), Hispanic* (390.4), Asian/Pacific Islander (307.6), and American Indian/Alaska Native (299.2) men.
  • In 2010, death rates were highest among black men (264.4), followed by white (207.1), American Indian/Alaska Native (149.8), Hispanic* (148.6), and Asian/Pacific Islander (129.7) men.

All Cancers Combined, Women

  • In 2010, incidence rates were highest among white women (409.9), followed by black (388.8), Hispanic* (314.9), Asian/Pacific Islander (279.7), and American Indian/Alaska Native (251.9) women.
  • In 2010, death rates were highest among black women (166.3), followed by white (145.9), American Indian/Alaska Native (101.5), Hispanic* (98.6), and Asian/Pacific Islander (92.4) 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 third-highest 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: 1999–2010 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2013. 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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