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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.

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

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