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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 (528.2), followed by white (477.2), Hispanic* (369.7), Asian/Pacific Islander (292.1), and American Indian/Alaska Native (273.8) men.
  • In 2011 , death rates were highest among black men (247.8), followed by white (199.9), Hispanic* (143.4), American Indian/Alaska Native (129.4), and Asian/Pacific Islander (123.3) men.

All Cancers Combined, Women

  • In 2011 , incidence rates were highest among white women (416.7), followed by black (391.5), Hispanic* (325.3), Asian/Pacific Islander (284.9), and American Indian/Alaska Native (268.8) women.
  • In 2011 , death rates were highest among black women (161.9), followed by white (142.1), American Indian/Alaska Native (99.9), Hispanic* (99.7), and Asian/Pacific Islander (90.7) 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-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: 1999–2012 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2015.

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

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